Mathemagical event / by Bharat Rao

From the National Museum of Mathematics

Join Fields Medalist and Princeton University Professor Manjul Bhargava and professional magician Mark Mitton on Saturday, March 2, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, for an engaging exploration of magic tricks and the beautiful mathematical ideas that drive them.  Back by popular demand, this daylong workshop will explore some of the striking relations between mathematics and magic and will cover a number of highlights from the minicourse given last fall.  Some of the very best magic tricks invented over the years have involved serious mathematics, including concepts from number theory, group theory, recursion theory, topology, coding theory, and cryptography.  Conversely, and somewhat more surprisingly, a great deal of nontrivial and important mathematics has been discovered in these areas in recent years due to corresponding developments in magic.  In fact, these mathematical ideas have also had important applications in areas beyond magic.

If you want an idea of the amazing afternoon in store for you, grab four cards from a regular deck of cards and get ready to be amazed by the power of math:

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