Mathematics and Magic Tricks

Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Willey Hall 125
Persi Diaconis (Stanford University)
Sometimes the way a magic trick works is even more amazing than the trick itself. I will illustrate with some performable tricks that seem to fool magicians. The math involved has application to breaking and entering, robot vision, cryptography, random number generation, and DNA sequence analysis.