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]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781629975795
Branch Call Number: DVD 510 MATH 2DISCS
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (6 hr.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 course guidebook (vi, 136 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.)
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Nov 16, 2020

As advertised, no skills beyond basic algebra to understand how the amazing tricks work. Disc A shows and explains the logistics/math behind the mystery of card tricks. Dics B are on unusual properties of some numbers. Enjoyed each of the lessons, no fast forward and often LOL in amazement. The professor and his guests appear to be everyday working class folks (except the three kids who help to perform mental math tricks.) As other series in "The Great Courses", it includes the transcript of all the lectures with supplement of exercises and solutions in an easy to read booklet.


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Nov 16, 2020

From the lesson and booklet:

The number 142857 is a magical one, the best-known cyclic number in base 10. When you write the fraction 1⁄7 in decimal notation, you get

1⁄7 = 0.142857 142857 142857 ….

1 × 142857 = 142857
2 × 142857 = 285714
3 × 142857 = 428571
4 × 142857 = 571428
5 × 142857 = 714285
6 × 142857 = 857142,

And if you multiply this magical number by 7, then you get
7 × 142857 = 999999.

From Wiki:

1/7 = 0.142857
2/7 = 0.285714
3/7 = 0.428571
4/7 = 0.571428
5/7 = 0.714285
6/7 = 0.857142
7/7 = 0.999999 = 1
8/7 = 1.142857
9/7 = 1.285714


1428572 = 142857 × 142857 = 20408 122449
20408 + 122449 = 142857

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