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Magical Mathematics: The Mathematical Ideas That Animate Great Magic Tricks Hardcover – October 23, 2011

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"Mathematical Magic is a truly magical book, containing ample amounts of mathematics and magic that will amaze and amuse. Diaconis and Graham are both first-rate mathematicians and performers and offer insights and ideas that could not have been expressed by anyone else. This book is destined to be a classic on the subject."---Arthur Benjamin, SIAM

"While there are other books out there detailing the relationship between mathematics and magic, this book is perhaps the best written of them all, as it will appeal to magicians, math buffs and general readers alike."---R. S. Beer, MagicBookReviews.com

"Magical Mathematics is an absolutely remarkable book. I don't say this lightly. Publishers send me plenty of books to review. Some I like more than others. Magical Mathematics is a fantastic book for someone who wants to explore the non-trivial math behind some impressive magic tricks. While I enjoy purely recreational math puzzles that have no practical application I also love it when I discover challenges that are interesting and relevant. Magical Mathematics is chock full of fun (and deep) challenges that students (and adults) can sink their teeth into."---Wild About Math blog,

"Reading Magical Mathematics . . . had . . . [a] powerful effect on me. I was transported to a strange and shadowy world of card tricks and magic that, at the same time, was miraculously a land of mathematics, a land with substance. . . . Barely ten pages into the book I am completely hooked."---John J Watkins, Mathematical Reviews

"This is a splendid book with lots of wonderful insights. . . . Give this book a try; you certainly will not be disappointed."---Phil Dyke, Leonardo Reviews

"The Riemann hypothesis, the Mandelbrot set, Fermat's last theorem--these mathematical notions and others underlie all manner of magic tricks. Mathematicians Persi Diaconis--also a card magician--and Ron Graham--also a juggler--unveil the connections between magic and math in this well-illustrated volume.", Scientific American

"Writing for the public, the two authors share their passions, teaching sophisticated mathematical concepts along with interesting card tricks, which rely upon those principles for their workings.", GENII: The Conjurors' Magazine

"Winner of the 2013 Euler Book Prize, Mathematical Association of America"

"The authors are master storytellers. . . . [T]he authors offer advice and recommendations for further pursuits in mathematics, magic and juggling."---Cut-the-Knot blog,

"From arcane theories to practical tips for working magicians, the authors go behind the curtain and reveal how the pros do it.", San Jose Mercury News

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"A truly stunning exposition by two masters in the field. Diaconis and Graham trace the fascinating relationship between mathematics and magic, which goes back at least eight hundred years. Nothing like this has been published before. Magical Mathematics is a huge contribution both to magic and mathematics."―Colm Mulcahy, author of Card Colm, an online column hosted by the Mathematical Association of America

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  • Item Weight : 1.75 pounds
  • ISBN-10 : 0691151644
  • Hardcover : 264 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0691151649
  • Product Dimensions : 8.75 x 0.75 x 10 inches
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press; First Edition (October 23, 2011)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 50 ratings
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