with a Deck of Cards
11/8/2013, American University
Description of the presentation:
There seems to be no
end to the mathemagical entertainment to
be had with a simple deck of cards, drawing from ideas in algebra,
combinatorics and probability.
We'll present a sampling, both recent
and classical, drawn from the
speaker's new AK Peters book on the subject, ending with examples of
"two-person mathemagic," in which communication is done via nontrivial
pre-agreed mathematical conventions.
The material is very much in the
spirit of the influential writer
Martin Gardner, and it can be used to liven up parties and mathematics
classes, as well as providing jumping-off points for undergraduate
independent study and seminars.