Math and Magic

Math and Magic

DVD - 2018
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Nothing can amaze quite like an expertly-executed magic trick. Ideally, only the magician knows how truly simple the deception is. After watching Math and Magic, you will know that this trick and its many variants rely on a remarkable property of patterned sequences called Gilbreath's principle--named after an amateur magician who was also a mathematician. Magic is full of such wonders, as you discover in these 12 illuminating half-hour lessons presented by one of The Great Course's most popular lecturers: award-winning Professor of Mathematics Arthur T. Benjamin of Harvey Mudd College, who is himself a professional magician.
Renowned in TED Talks, The Colbert Report, and other popular media as a "mathemagician," Professor Benjamin teaches you the techniques and secrets behind dozens of great math-based tricks. Even if you are a numerical novice, you will look like a prodigy after mastering these math-inspired showpieces, which require no skills beyond basic algebra--and a bit of showmanship.
In Math and Magic, Professor Benjamin introduces you to magic, using tools like playing cards, numbers, and geometric figures. For each trick, he first runs through a demonstration. Then, he pulls back the curtain to show how the trick is done, explaining in detail the mathematical ideas underpinning the illusion.
Publisher: Chantilly, VA :, The Teaching Company,, [2018]
©2018
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781629975795
1629975796
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (6 hr.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 course guidebook (vi, 136 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.)
digital,optical
video file,DVD video
Contents: Part 1: Disc 1. Lecture 1. Mathematical card tricks
Lecture 2. What's your deal?
Lecture 3. Look like a card shark
Lecture 4. The deck is stacked
Lecture 5. Perfect shuffles
Lecture 6. Riffle shuffles.
Part 2: Disc 2. Lecture 7. Magic with numbers
Lecture 8. Look like a genius
Lecture 9. Magic of nine
Lecture 10. Look like a psychic
Lecture 11. Geometric and topological magic
Lecture 12. Magic squares.
Summary: Nothing can amaze quite like an expertly-executed magic trick. Ideally, only the magician knows how truly simple the deception is. After watching Math and Magic, you will know that this trick and its many variants rely on a remarkable property of patterned sequences called Gilbreath's principle--named after an amateur magician who was also a mathematician. Magic is full of such wonders, as you discover in these 12 illuminating half-hour lessons presented by one of The Great Course's most popular lecturers: award-winning Professor of Mathematics Arthur T. Benjamin of Harvey Mudd College, who is himself a professional magician.

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