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Magical Mathematics - Revealing the Secrets behind Great Card Tricks of the World (Anglais) Relié – 28 octobre 2011

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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

[I]t is simply a beautiful book. The design, layout, typography, even the paper is beautiful. . . . [T]his is one of the most fun, engaging new popular mathematics books I've seen in a long time. -- Math Less Traveled Blog

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

Well known and highly respected in the mathematical community, Diaconis and Graham have produced a work that completely lives up to expectations. It contains descriptions of magic tricks as viewed by an audience, the mathematics that make them possible, and clear explanations to help you--with a little practice--amaze your friends. --Library Journal

Over 12 chapters, the reader is taken on a unique and wonderful tour that fuses magical tricks with underlying mathematical explanations and personal stories, written by world-renowned experts in both fields. With its friendly, disarming style, the book is pitched perfectly at a level that will surprise both the hardened mathematical researcher and the interested general reader, without putting either of them off. --C.J.Howls Times Higher Education Supplement

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Magical Mathematics reveals the secrets of amazing, 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. For example, the Gilbreath Principle--a fantastic effect where the cards remain in control despite being shuffled--is found to share an intimate connection with the Mandelbrot set. Other card tricks link to the mathematical secrets of combinatorics, graph theory, number theory, topology, the Riemann hypothesis, and even Fermat's last theorem.

Diaconis and Graham are mathematicians as well as skilled performers with decades of professional experience between them. In this book they share a wealth of conjuring lore, including some closely guarded secrets of legendary magicians. Magical Mathematics covers the mathematics of juggling and shows how the I Ching connects to the history of probability and magic tricks both old and new. It tells the stories--and reveals the best tricks--of the eccentric and brilliant inventors of mathematical magic. Magical Mathematics 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 thirteenth century and the oldest mathematical trick--and much more.

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  • Relié: 304 pages
  • Editeur : Princeton University Press (28 octobre 2011)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0691151644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691151649
  • Dimensions du produit: 1,9 x 22,2 x 25,4 cm
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Pour toutes les personnes passionnées par la magie et intéressées par les mathématiques , ce livre associe les deux pour offrir un grand moment de mathémagie
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A seductive introduction to the beauty of mathematics 3 novembre 2011
Par Sami Assaf - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The book is packed with fantastic card tricks that will surely dazzle friends and family (with enough practice), but goes beyond this by explaining the beautiful (often deep) mathematics behind the tricks. The book intersperses magic and mathematics in an engaging way that keeps the reader hooked. The book begins with a simple 4 card trick. Well, simple enough to perform; understanding is a different matter. The authors then explain what mathematical concepts (mostly involving combinations and permutations) are at the heart of the trick, and then generalize the principle involved into a truly impressive, more elaborate card trick. After that, it's back to math to see exactly how and why the magic works. Later chapters follow similar patterns, where the reader is drawn in by a beautiful card trick and the beauty is then heightened with a clear explanation of the underlying mathematics. Along the way, the authors give excellent advice on how often to rehearse the tricks before performing as well as entertaining tips to make for a more engaging performance. The mathematics is presented in digestible bites, with excellent examples and illuminating illustrations.

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!
32 internautes sur 34 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Magic is Math is Magic 28 octobre 2011
Par friendofmath - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I have worked every trick in this book at least a few times. I keep doing them, reading the math, and doing the tricks again. The more I understand the math behind the magic, the more magical the tricks become. I really enjoyed reading about the other magicians who also use math in their magic. This is a wonderful book!
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Mathematics, Magic and Much More 24 novembre 2011
Par George Poirier - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Ever since I was a child, I've always had a penchant for magic tricks. Since I've also maintained a great love for mathematics, I could not resist buying this book as soon as I stumbled upon it. Here, the authors, both professors of mathematics (one a magician and the other a juggler), cover the mathematics involved in performing magic tricks. Most of these tricks involve cards, but some use coins and other items, and one chapter even covers juggling. Other puzzles are also discussed, including the I Ching. But the authors never lose sight of the mathematics involved, i.e., mainly combinatorics, number theory and group theory; the authors classify themselves as combinatorialists. Towards the end of the book, the authors pay homage to a few famous magicians of the past and their contributions to the field of magic. Throughout the book, the camaraderie amongst magicians really stands out.

With a peppering of a few anecdotes from the authors' pasts, the book glows with the joy of magic (and of mathematics). As one reads the chapters, it becomes clear that writing this book must have been a labour of love for the authors. I have read it from cover to cover and really enjoyed it. Now, I need to go through it again but this time to study the (sometimes tricky) mathematical principles presented and give the associated tricks more thought (and practice).
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So Simple, So Sublime 26 décembre 2011
Par The Wiz - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The best thing about this book is that you can perform the "tricks" without knowing the math that makes it possible. I picked up the three or four most simplest ones in an hour or so. The fact that most of the results are based on mathematical formulas is truly the best part. No sleight of hand or subterfuge is necessary and no one has been able to figure them out. Get the book and have some fun.
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Great book for lovers of mathematics and magic 23 mai 2012
Par Michael P. Goldenberg - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Two great mathematicians share the interplay between mathematics and magic, as well as practical applications in other areas for the mathematics that informs some stunning tricks. I'm not a performer, but I can readily see how much impact these tricks would be if performed by someone who put in the requisite practice. For me, the payoff is the math itself.
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