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Magical Mathematics: The Mathematical Ideas That Animate Great Magic Tricks Hardcover – Illustrated, October 23, 2011
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"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
- Item Weight : 1.75 pounds
- Hardcover : 264 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0691151644
- ISBN-13 : 978-0691151649
- Product Dimensions : 8.71 x 0.81 x 9.65 inches
- Publisher : Princeton University Press; Illustrated Edition (October 23, 2011)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,007,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But be warned: this isn't your simple high school math! Many of these tricks employ sophisticated mathematics using Combinatorics, Group Theory, Graph Theory and more. Fortunately, the authors are adept at explaining these complicated concepts in a clear fashion, but the novice reader may have some trouble following some of the proofs. Hopefully, the reader will be so inspired by the beauty of the subject, that she'll see it as motivation to learn more mathematics! In fact, the authors' unapologetic goal with this text is to corrupt youngsters of all ages into pursuing mathematics in much the same way that the authors themselves were seduced by the subject. Here's hoping they succeed with you as they have with me!
Probably would rate this a 9 out of 10.
hind the tricks, this book is for youI like the tricks part but the mathematics is too heavy for m
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This book is fascinating. It explains nice card tricks, but a lot of this book is handwavy and I had the impression that the authors tried to avoid explaining a lot of mathemtics.
For instance: they give the enumeration formula of DeBruijn sequences, but do not give a proof. Many things are mentioned but not proved. I had hoped for less chatting about how fascinating everything is, but more card tricks and their proofs.
But maybe the next chapters are more of the kind that I like.