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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 arereally demonstrations of strict laws based on probability, sets, numbertheory, topology, and other branches of mathematics. This is the first book-length study ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published June 1st 1956 by Dover Publications (first published 1956)
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Martin Gardner was an American mathematics and science writer specializing in recreational mathematics, but with interests encompassing micromagic, stage magic, literature (especially the writings of Lewis Carroll), philosophy, scientific skepticism, and religion. He wrote the Mathematical Games column in Scientific American from 1956 to 1981, and published over 70 books.
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