|Top 5 Reasons to
Like Mathematical Card Tricks
No sleight of hand required, just a slightly nimble mind! Colm
Mulcahy reveals cards tricks involving matching, symmetry groups, hidden
set partitions, and spelling fixed points.
|A Conversation with Jason
Latimer, Math Major & Magician
Kenneth C. Millet
Winning the triennial Grand Prix in 2003 makes Jason Latimer magic's
equivalent of a world champion or Olympic Gold Medalist. Jason's
Performance in Amsterdam before 2500 magicians brought him to a level
attained by only two American before him, Lance Burton and Johnny
"Ace" Palmer. Jason is also a mathematics major at the
University of California, Santa Barbara.
|Some Magic Squares of Distinction
Paul C. Pasles
A brief journey through history looking for magic squares of
distinction --- that is square matrices of nonnegative (not
necessarily distinct) integers in which each row column and
diagonal adds to the same constant.
|Unshuffling for the Imperfect
The perfect shuffle involves interweaving two halves of a deck of
cards exactly. It has many interesting and magical properties. For those
of us without the dexterity to perform a perfect shuffle, there is the
perfect unshuffle where a packet of cards is alternately dealt into two
piles and then the piles are reassembled on top of one another. Card
tricks involving the perfect unshuffle can be mastered by even the
clumsiest of magicians.
|A Book of Corollaries, Variation
on a Theme
S. Brent Morris
This article turns the February 2004 issue of Math Horizons
and two decks of cards into an amazing prediction trick based on Alex
Elmsley's Book of Fortunes.
James Lawrence & Matthew Macauley
Students review Magic Tricks, Card Shuffling, and
Dynamics Computer Memories by S. Brent Morris and The Mathematics
of Juggling by Burkhard Polster.
|REU Spotlight: Grand Valley State
Edwaurd Aboufadel & Steven Schlicker
|Alumni Profiles: The United States
T. S. Michael
Learn about Mathematics at the Naval Academy and see what Kate
Oliver, Richard Bower, Grant Moody, and Tom Logue have done with their
degrees since graduation.
|Math Fun Facts: Magical Miscellany
Francis Edward Su
Mathematical tidbits on an amazing property of 3x3 magic squares,
Kaprekar's constant, fair division of pizza slices, and a spherical
generalization of the Pythagorean theorem.
Jessica L. Nelson
Jessica explains her mathematical tattoo in her own words.
Andy Liu, Editor
|Contest: Do You Tattoo?
Seeking other mathematical tattoos....real or imagined.