*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 more.

- Cover
- Half title
- Title
- Copyright
- Dedication
- Contents
- Foreword
- Preface
- 1 Mathematics in the Air
- 2 In Cycles
- 3 Is this Stuff Actually Good for Anything?
- 4 Universal Cycles
- 5 From the Gilbreath Principle to the Mandelbrot Set
- 6 Neat Shuffles
- 7 The Oldest Mathematical Entertainment?
- 8 Magic in the Book of Changes
- 9 What Goes Up Must Come Down
- 10 Stars of Mathematical Magic (And Some of the Best Tricks in the Book)
- 11 Going Further
- 12 On Secrets
- Notes
- Index