|Princeton University Press
|In "Magical Mathematics," Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham unveil a captivating world of card tricks that are not only entertaining but also rooted in profound mathematical concepts. This book is a treasure trove for both magicians and mathematics enthusiasts, as it delves into the secrets behind fun-to-perform card tricks that can leave even the most skilled magicians astounded.
The authors provide clear and easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions for each trick, guiding readers through the setup and offering valuable tips on presentation. With each card trick, readers are introduced to new mathematical ideas, and as they explore a variety of tricks, they venture towards the forefront of contemporary mathematical knowledge.
Beyond the tricks themselves, the book shares fascinating stories about the eccentric and ingenious inventors of mathematical magic. Moreover, it unravels the mysteries of old gambling techniques through the mathematics of card shuffling, exposes the inner workings of the classic street-gambling scam known as three-card Monte, and traces the historical roots of mathematical magic back to its earliest origins.
Whether you are a magician looking to enhance your performances or someone curious about the profound connections between magic and mathematics, "Magical Mathematics" offers an enchanting journey that will leave you amazed and enlightened.