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Magical Mathematics - The Mathematical Ideas That Animate Great Magic Tricks (Paperback): Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham Magical Mathematics - The Mathematical Ideas That Animate Great Magic Tricks (Paperback)
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham; Foreword by Martin Gardner
R463 R405 Discovery Miles 4 050 Save R58 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

Ten Great Ideas about Chance (Hardcover): Persi Diaconis, Brian Skyrms Ten Great Ideas about Chance (Hardcover)
Persi Diaconis, Brian Skyrms
R653 R496 Discovery Miles 4 960 Save R157 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A fascinating account of the breakthrough ideas that transformed probability and statistics In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, gamblers and mathematicians transformed the idea of chance from a mystery into the discipline of probability, setting the stage for a series of breakthroughs that enabled or transformed innumerable fields, from gambling, mathematics, statistics, economics, and finance to physics and computer science. This book tells the story of ten great ideas about chance and the thinkers who developed them, tracing the philosophical implications of these ideas as well as their mathematical impact. Persi Diaconis and Brian Skyrms begin with Girolamo Cardano, a sixteenth-century physician, mathematician, and professional gambler who helped develop the idea that chance actually can be measured. They describe how later thinkers showed how the judgment of chance also can be measured, how frequency is related to chance, and how chance, judgment, and frequency could be unified. Diaconis and Skyrms explain how Thomas Bayes laid the foundation of modern statistics, and they explore David Hume's problem of induction, Andrey Kolmogorov's general mathematical framework for probability, the application of computability to chance, and why chance is essential to modern physics. A final idea--that we are psychologically predisposed to error when judging chance--is taken up through the work of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky. Complete with a brief probability refresher, Ten Great Ideas about Chance is certain to be a hit with anyone who wants to understand the secrets of probability and how they were discovered.

Undiluted Hocus-Pocus - The Autobiography of Martin Gardner (Paperback): Martin Gardner Undiluted Hocus-Pocus - The Autobiography of Martin Gardner (Paperback)
Martin Gardner; Foreword by Persi Diaconis; Afterword by James Randi
R398 R321 Discovery Miles 3 210 Save R77 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Martin Gardner wrote the Mathematical Games column for Scientific American for twenty-five years and published more than seventy books on topics as diverse as magic, religion, and Alice in Wonderland. Gardner's illuminating autobiography is a candid self-portrait by the man evolutionary theorist Stephen Jay Gould called our "single brightest beacon" for the defense of rationality and good science against mysticism and anti-intellectualism. Gardner takes readers from his childhood in Oklahoma to his varied and wide-ranging professional pursuits. He shares colorful anecdotes about the many fascinating people he met and mentored, and voices strong opinions on the subjects that matter to him most, from his love of mathematics to his uncompromising stance against pseudoscience. For Gardner, our mathematically structured universe is undiluted hocus-pocus--a marvelous enigma, in other words. Undiluted Hocus-Pocus offers a rare, intimate look at Gardner's life and work, and the experiences that shaped both.

Undiluted Hocus-Pocus - The Autobiography of Martin Gardner (Hardcover, New): Martin Gardner Undiluted Hocus-Pocus - The Autobiography of Martin Gardner (Hardcover, New)
Martin Gardner; Foreword by Persi Diaconis; Afterword by James Randi
R575 R449 Discovery Miles 4 490 Save R126 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Martin Gardner wrote the Mathematical Games column for "Scientific American" for twenty-five years and published more than seventy books on topics as diverse as magic, philosophy, religion, pseudoscience, and "Alice in Wonderland." His informal, recreational approach to mathematics delighted countless readers and inspired many to pursue careers in mathematics and the sciences. Gardner's illuminating autobiography is a disarmingly candid self-portrait of the man evolutionary theorist Stephen Jay Gould called our "single brightest beacon" for the defense of rationality and good science against mysticism and anti-intellectualism.Gardner takes readers from his childhood in Oklahoma to his college days at the University of Chicago, his service in the navy, and his varied and wide-ranging professional pursuits. Before becoming a columnist for "Scientific American," he was a caseworker in Chicago during the Great Depression, a reporter for the "Tulsa Tribune," an editor for "Humpty Dumpty," and a short-story writer for "Esquire," among other jobs. Gardner shares colorful anecdotes about the many fascinating people he met and mentored, and voices strong opinions on the subjects that matter to him most, from his love of mathematics to his uncompromising stance against pseudoscience. For Gardner, our mathematically structured universe is undiluted hocus-pocus--a marvelous enigma, in other words.

"Undiluted Hocus-Pocus" offers a rare, intimate look at Gardner's life and work, and the experiences that shaped both.

Ten Great Ideas about Chance (Paperback): Persi Diaconis, Brian Skyrms Ten Great Ideas about Chance (Paperback)
Persi Diaconis, Brian Skyrms
R372 Discovery Miles 3 720 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A fascinating account of the breakthrough ideas that transformed probability and statistics In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, gamblers and mathematicians transformed the idea of chance from a mystery into the discipline of probability, setting the stage for a series of breakthroughs that enabled or transformed innumerable fields, from gambling, mathematics, statistics, economics, and finance to physics and computer science. This book tells the story of ten great ideas about chance and the thinkers who developed them. Complete with a brief probability refresher, Ten Great Ideas about Chance is certain to be a hit with anyone who wants to understand the secrets of probability and how they were discovered.

Magical Mathematics - The Mathematical Ideas That Animate Great Magic Tricks (Hardcover): Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham Magical Mathematics - The Mathematical Ideas That Animate Great Magic Tricks (Hardcover)
Persi Diaconis, Ron Graham; Foreword by Martin Gardner
R709 R585 Discovery Miles 5 850 Save R124 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"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.

Discrete Probability and Algorithms (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1995): David Aldous, Persi Diaconis,... Discrete Probability and Algorithms (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1995)
David Aldous, Persi Diaconis, Joel Spencer, J.Michael Steele
R2,932 Discovery Miles 29 320 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Discrete probability theory and the theory of algorithms have become close partners over the last ten years, though the roots of this partnership go back much longer. The papers in this volume address the latest developments in this active field. They are from the IMA Workshops "Probability and Algorithms" and "The Finite Markov Chain Renaissance." They represent the current thinking of many of the world's leading experts in the field. Researchers and graduate students in probability, computer science, combinatorics, and optimization theory will all be interested in this collection of articles. The techniques developed and surveyed in this volume are still undergoing rapid development, and many of the articles of the collection offer an expositionally pleasant entree into a research area of growing importance.

Ecole d'Ete de Probabilites de Saint-Flour XV-XVII, 1985-87 (Paperback, 1988 ed.): Persi Diaconis Ecole d'Ete de Probabilites de Saint-Flour XV-XVII, 1985-87 (Paperback, 1988 ed.)
Persi Diaconis; Edited by Paul-Louis Hennequin; David Elworthy, Hans Foellmer, Edward Nelson, …
R1,717 Discovery Miles 17 170 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This volume contains detailed, worked-out notes of six main courses given at the Saint-Flour Summer Schools from 1985 to 1987.

Puro Abracadabra (Spanish, Paperback): Juan Francisco Bonilla Puro Abracadabra (Spanish, Paperback)
Juan Francisco Bonilla; Translated by Luis Bou Garcia; Persi Diaconis, Martin Gardner
R620 R512 Discovery Miles 5 120 Save R108 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Discrete Probability and Algorithms (Hardcover, 1995 ed.): David Aldous, Persi Diaconis, Joel Spencer, J.Michael Steele Discrete Probability and Algorithms (Hardcover, 1995 ed.)
David Aldous, Persi Diaconis, Joel Spencer, J.Michael Steele
R4,277 Discovery Miles 42 770 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Discrete probability theory and the theory of algorithms have become close partners over the last ten years, though the roots of this partnership go back much longer. The papers in this volume address the latest developments in this active field. They are from the IMA Workshops "Probability and Algorithms" and "The Finite Markov Chain Renaissance." They represent the current thinking of many of the world's leading experts in the field.

Researchers and graduate students in probability, computer science, combinatorics, and optimization theory will all be interested in this collection of articles. The techniques developed and surveyed in this volume are still undergoing rapid development, and many of the articles of the collection offer an expositionally pleasant entree into a research area of growing importance.

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