25 Books to Read Before You Die
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | August 20, 2014

Julie Schumacher: IMG Dear Professor Fitger



Saint Paul, August 2014 Dear Professor Fitger, I've been asked to say a few words about you for Powells.com. Having dreamed you up with a ball-point... Continue »
  1. $16.07 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    Dear Committee Members

    Julie Schumacher 9780385538138

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$5.95
List price: $9.95
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Beaverton Mathematics- Games and Puzzles

More copies of this ISBN

Mathematics, Magic and Mystery (Cards, Coins, and Other Magic)

by

Mathematics, Magic and Mystery (Cards, Coins, and Other Magic) Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Why do card tricks work? How can magicians do astonishing feats of mathematics mentally? Why do stage "mind-reading" tricks work? As a rule, we simply accept these tricks and "magic" without recognizing that they are really demonstrations of strict laws based on probability, sets, number theory, topology, and other branches of mathematics.
This is the first book-length study of this fascinating branch of recreational mathematics. Written by one of the foremost experts on mathematical magic, it employs considerable historical data to summarize all previous work in this field. It is also a creative examination of laws and their exemplification, with scores of new tricks, insights, and demonstrations. Dozens of topological tricks are explained, and dozens of manipulation tricks are aligned with mathematical law.
Nontechnical, detailed, and clear, this volume contains 115 sections discussing tricks with cards, dice, coins, etc.; topological tricks with handkerchiefs, cards, etc.; geometrical vanishing effects; demonstrations with pure numbers; and dozens of other topics. You will learn how a Moebius strip works and how a Curry square can "prove" that the whole is not equal to the sum of its parts.
No skill at sleight of hand is needed to perform the more than 500 tricks described because mathematics guarantees their success. Detailed examination of laws and their application permits you to create your own problems and effects.

Synopsis:

Famed puzzle expert explains math behind a multitude of mystifying tricks: card tricks, stage "mind reading," coin and match tricks, counting out games, geometric dissections, etc. More than 400 tricks. 135 illustrations.

Synopsis:

Math behind card tricks, stage mind reading, coin and match tricks, etc., plus more than 400 tricks, guaranteed to work. 135 illus.

Synopsis:

Famed puzzle expert explains math behind a multitude of mystifying tricks: card tricks, stage "mind reading," coin and match tricks, counting out games, geometric dissections, etc. More than 400 tricks, 135 illustrations.

About the Author

Martin Gardner was a renowned author who published over 70 books on subjects from science and math to poetry and religion. He also had a lifelong passion for magic tricks and puzzles. Well known for his mathematical games column in Scientific American and his "Trick of the Month" in Physics Teacher magazine, Gardner attracted a loyal following with his intelligence, wit, and imagination.

Martin Gardner: A Remembrance

The worldwide mathematical community was saddened by the death of Martin Gardner on May 22, 2010. Martin was 95 years old when he died, and had written 70 or 80 books during his long lifetime as an author. Martin's first Dover books were published in 1956 and 1957: Mathematics, Magic and Mystery, one of the first popular books on the intellectual excitement of mathematics to reach a wide audience, and Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science, certainly one of the first popular books to cast a devastatingly skeptical eye on the claims of pseudoscience and the many guises in which the modern world has given rise to it. Both of these pioneering books are still in print with Dover today along with more than a dozen other titles of Martin's books. They run the gamut from his elementary Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing, which has been enjoyed by generations of younger readers since the 1980s, to the more demanding The New Ambidextrous Universe: Symmetry and Asymmetry from Mirror Reflections to Superstrings, which Dover published in its final revised form in 2005.

To those of us who have been associated with Dover for a long time, however, Martin was more than an author, albeit a remarkably popular and successful one. As a member of the small group of long-time advisors and consultants, which included NYU's Morris Kline in mathematics, Harvard's I. Bernard Cohen in the history of science, and MIT's J. P. Den Hartog in engineering, Martin's advice and editorial suggestions in the formative 1950s helped to define the Dover publishing program and give it the point of view which — despite many changes, new directions, and the consequences of evolution — continues to be operative today.

In the Author's Own Words:

"Politicians, real-estate agents, used-car salesmen, and advertising copy-writers are expected to stretch facts in self-serving directions, but scientists who falsify their results are regarded by their peers as committing an inexcusable crime. Yet the sad fact is that the history of science swarms with cases of outright fakery and instances of scientists who unconsciously distorted their work by seeing it through lenses of passionately held beliefs."

"A surprising proportion of mathematicians are accomplished musicians. Is it because music and mathematics share patterns that are beautiful?" — Martin Gardner

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Tricks with Cards--Part I

  The Curiosities of Peirce

  The Five Poker Hands

  Tricks Using Cards as Counting Units

  The Piano Trick

  The Estimated Cut

  Tricks Using the Numerical Values

  Findley's Four-card Trick

  A Baffling Prediction

  Henry Christ's Improvement

  The Cyclic Number

  The Missing Card

  Jordan's Method

  Tricks Based on Division of Colors and Suits

  Stewart James' Color Prediction

  The Royal Pairs

  Tricks Using Front and Back

  Matching the Colors

  Hummer's Reversal Mystery

  The Little Moonies

2. Tricks with Cards--Part II

  O'Connor's Four-ace Trick

  The Magic of Manhattan

  Predicting the Shift

  The Keystone Card Discovery

  Two-pile Location

  Spelling the Spades

  Elmsley's Card Coincidence

  Magic by Mail

  Belchou's Aces

  The Tit-Tat-Toe Trick

  Other Tricks of Interest

3. From Gergonne to Gargantua

  Naming the Position of the Card

  Bringing the Card to a Named Position

  Walker's Method

  Naming the Card

  Relation to Ternary System

  Gargantua's Ten-pile Problem

4. Magic with Common Objects

  Dice

  Guessing the Total

  Frank Dodd's Prediction

  Positional Notation Tricks

  Hummer's Die Mystery

  Dominoes

  The Break in the Chain

  The Row of Thirteen

  Calendars

  Magic Squares

  Gibson's Circled Dates

  Stover's Prediction

  Calendar Memorizing

  Watches

  Tapping the Hours

  Die and Watch Mystery

  Dollar Bills

  Heath's Bill Trick

  Matches

  The Three Heaps

  Match Folder Mind-Reading

  The Tramps and Chickens

  The Purloined Objects

  Coins

  The Nine Mystery

  Which Hand?

  Heath's Variation

  Heads or Tails?

  Checkerboards

  Hummer's Checker Trick

  Miscellaneous Objects

  Hummer's Three-Object Divination

  Yates' Four-Object Divination

5. Topological Tomfoolery

  The Afghan Bands

  Handkerchief Tricks

  Finger Escape

  Tabor's Interlocked Handkerchiefs

  Knotty Problems

  String and Rope

  Garter Tricks

  The Giant's Garter

  More String Tricks

  Clothing

  The Puzzling Loop

  Reversing the Vest

  Removing the Vest

  Rubber Bands

  The Jumping Band

  The Twisted Band

6. Tricks with Special Equipment

  Number Cards

  Window Cards

  Sam Lloyd's Version

  Tap Tricks

  Crazy Time

  "Heath's "Tappit"

  Tap-a-Drink

  Tap-an-Animal

  The Riddle Card

  Dice and Domino Tricks

  "Heath's "Di-Ciphering"

  Sure-Shot Dice Box

  Blyth's Domino Box

  Blocks of India

  Hummer Tricks

7. Geometrical Vanishes--Part I

  The Line Paradox

  Sam Lloyd's Flag Puzzle

  The Vanishing Face

  "Get Off the Earth"

  DeLand's Paradox

  The Vanishing Rabbit

  Stover's Variations

8. Geometrical Vanishes--Part II

  The Checkerboard Paradox

  Hooper's Paradox

  Square Variation

  Fibonacci Series

  Langman's Version

  Curry's Paradox

  Curry Triangles

  Four-piece Squares

  Three-piece Squares

  Two-piece Squares

  Curved and 3-D Forms

9. Magic with Pure Numbers

  Rapid Cube Root Extraction

  Adding a Fibonacci Series

  Predicting a Number

  Curry's Version

  Al Baker's Version

  Divining a Number

  The Mysteries of Nine

  Digital Roots

  Persistent Root

  Guessing Someone's Age

  An Addition Trick

  A Multiplication Trick

  The Mysteries of Seven

  Predicting a Sum

  "Al Baker's "Numero"

  Psychological Forces

Name Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486203355
Author:
Gardner, Martin
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Subject:
General
Subject:
Games, magic and puzzles
Subject:
Hobbies and games
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Puzzles
Subject:
Recreations & Games
Subject:
Games-General Puzzles
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Recreational Math
Publication Date:
19560631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.47 lb
Age Level:
from 12

Other books you might like

  1. Flatland: A Romance of Many...
    Used Trade Paper $1.50
  2. Martin Gardner S Table Magic (Dover... New Trade Paper $8.95
  3. 101 Puzzles in Thought and Logic... Used Trade Paper $4.95
  4. Mathematical Magic Used Trade Paper $4.95
  5. Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing... Used Trade Paper $2.95
  6. Feathers and Fools Used Trade Paper $4.95

Related Subjects

Hobbies, Crafts, and Leisure » Games » General Puzzles
Science and Mathematics » Mathematics » Games and Puzzles
Science and Mathematics » Mathematics » General
Science and Mathematics » Mathematics » Popular Surveys and Recreational

Mathematics, Magic and Mystery (Cards, Coins, and Other Magic) Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$5.95 In Stock
Product details 176 pages Dover Publications - English 9780486203355 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
Famed puzzle expert explains math behind a multitude of mystifying tricks: card tricks, stage "mind reading," coin and match tricks, counting out games, geometric dissections, etc. More than 400 tricks. 135 illustrations.
"Synopsis" by , Math behind card tricks, stage mind reading, coin and match tricks, etc., plus more than 400 tricks, guaranteed to work. 135 illus.

"Synopsis" by ,
Famed puzzle expert explains math behind a multitude of mystifying tricks: card tricks, stage "mind reading," coin and match tricks, counting out games, geometric dissections, etc. More than 400 tricks, 135 illustrations.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.