- Hardcover
- 244 pages
- Magical Mathematics
- Persi Diaconis
- English
- 01 March 2019 Persi Diaconis
- 0691151644

Magical Mathematics Reveals The Secrets Of Fun To Perform Card Tricks And The Profound Mathematical Ideas Behind Them That Will Astound Even The Most Accomplished Magician Persi Diaconis And Ron Graham Provide Easy, Step By Step Instructions For Each Trick, Explaining How To Set Up The Effect And Offering Tips On What To Say And Do While Performing It Each Card Trick Introduces A New Mathematical Idea, And Varying The Tricks In Turn Takes Readers To The Very Threshold Of Today S Mathematical Knowledge.Diaconis And Graham Tell The Stories And Reveal The Best Tricks Of The Eccentric And Brilliant Inventors Of Mathematical Magic The Book Exposes Old Gambling Secrets Through The Mathematics Of Shuffling Cards, Explains The Classic Street Gambling Scam Of Three Card Monte, Traces The History Of Mathematical Magic Back To The Oldest Mathematical Trick And Much.

This is an oddity of a popular maths book in that the approachable bits of the book aren t, on the whole, about maths but about magic Magic is a strange topic for me, certainly, it has a fascination When I was at school I briefly flirted with the school s magical society, but in the end I hadn t the patience to practice the tricks over and over again until they were slick enough to be worth watching I wanted instant magic that didn t require sleight of hand ability The other interesting th This is an oddity of a popular maths book in that the approachable bits of the book aren t, on the whole, about maths but about magic Magic is a strange topic for me, certainly, it has a fascination When I was at school I briefly flirted with the school s magical society, but in t...

THis book is a good mix of mathematics and self working magic tricks It tells of a number of mathematical principles or results by introducing them with a magic trick, explaining how it works, expanding on the explanation to ageneral form, and showing how other tricks can be built based off that generalization The book is full of history and personal anecdotes about mathematics and magic as well.Both authors are accomplished mathematicians and magicians, and many of the tricks in the boo THis book is a good mix of mathematics and self working magic tricks It tells of a number of mathematical principles or results by introducing them with a magic trick, explaining how it works, expanding on the explanation to ageneral form, and showing how other tricks can be built based off that generalization The book is full of history and personal anecdotes about mathematics and magic as well.Both authors are accomplished mathematicians and magicians, and many of the tricks in the book are claimed inventions But manyare credited to other magicians, usually with a mention of where it was first published I felt this was a good way of dealing with the magicians keeping secrets aspect, because by giving credit to where it was first published, they make clear that the secrets had already been revealed.This book will not turn you into an accomplished magician, but it is also clear about that It emphasises that the per...

Magic tricks are algorithms at least the mathematical ones , and so this is a book about algorithm engineering the math s involved is the same you would find in any book on algorithms combinatorics, a bit of permutation group theory and some graph theory.I got the impression that the authors weren t sure what kind of book they wanted to write a math book or a magic book In the first chapters they still make an effort to explain the math and even give some proofs of the easier results, bu Magic tricks are algorithms at least the mathematical ones , and so this is a book about algorithm engineering the math s involved is the same you wo...

Most of the chapters were good tricks and generally understandable math Cut deck turn two trick chapter 1 , mind reading effect chapter 4 , and miracle divination chapter 7 were my favorites On the other hand, several chapters were too dense and lost me in the math I would re read several of the paragraphs trying to get it before eventually moving on This was likely a problem of the reader and not the author I do appreciate that the author treats the reader as an adult and doesn t spo Most of the chapters were good tricks and generally understandable math Cut deck turn two trick chapter 1 , mind reading effect chapter 4 , and miracle divination chapter 7 were my favorites On the other hand, several chapters were too dense and lost me in the math I would re read several of the paragraphs trying to get it before eventually moving on This was likely a problem of the reader and not the author I do appreciate that the author treats the reader as an adult and doesn t spoon feed the solution I am sure that the process of doing the work is probably the only way to really learn the material.I surprisingly found the most enjoyable parts of the book to be those that dealt with the stories of the community of magicians that developed the tricks Quite a talented and interesting group note make sure to h...

A little disappointing I mean, this was Diaconis and Ron Graham But just really bad at both math and magic Not enough detail on the math and I don t think that it was just because I wantedproof and stuff there really just wasn t enough description of the math to make sense of what they were talking about Actually, pretty much the same for the magic I understand that it s hard to describe card tricks in writing But they set out to write a book They have to do better than that A little disappointing I mean, this was Diaconis and Ron Graham But just really bad at both math and magic Not enough detail on the math and I don t think that it was just because I wantedproof and stuff there really just wasn t enough description of the math to make sense of what they were talking about Actually, pretty much the same for the magic I understand that it s hard to describe card tricks in writing But they set out to write a book They have...

Good book, and interesting if you are into the math Sometimes the concepts took a couple of reads, but some of that has to do with the page breaks and layout, for which I can t really fault the authors All in all, I enjoyed this, and it had some mind stretching thinking, ...

I really grazed this book, rather than intently reading it I thought it would berecreational math and it is truly lots of magic and then the explanation is math It starts off with lots of card tricks There s graph theory and combinatorics and coding t...

Brian nails it at the opening of his review The approachable bits are about magic I m a huge math geek, but was mostly lost reading the mathematical explanations I thought perhaps this book would make the math understandable relatable Big disappointment.

i think i like the book

This book is pretty heavy not for the casual fan of either magic or math I enjoy math but learned that while I love watching a great magician, I don t really care how the tricks are done.