An MCSP Conversation Series Talk: "Magic, Mathemagic, and Mathematics" by Dr. Dave Taylor

An MCSP Conversation Series Talk: "Magic, Mathemagic, and Mathematics" by Dr. Dave Taylor

Contact: Dr. Maggie Rahmoeller, rahmoeller@roanoke.edu

Magic and mathematics have been paired together for centuries; "tricks" involving starting with a number, performing various arithmetic calculations, and then ending with the starting number (or associated number) have seen plenty of use. While it can be quite simple to discover their secrets (use a variable x for the starting number and see what the arithmetic sequence produces), mathematics can produce more eye-catching and "current" magic tricks. In this talk, we will focus on the various types of mathematical results, theories, and "trickery" that lie behind some good magic tricks, mostly involving cards. For brief intermissions, between mathematics explanations, some card tricks will be performed, using randomly determined audience members, without explanation. It will be a fun time for all!