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IMA Public Lecture
Mathematics and Magic Tricks
April 19, 2006

Imaging (September 2005 - June 2006)
Persi Diaconis
Mary V. Sunseri Professor of Statistics and Mathematics
Stanford University

April 19, 2006

7:00 pm, Willey Hall 125    Map

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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.

Math Matters lectures feature distinguished mathematicians and scientists who are also superb expositors able to illuminate the role mathematics is playing in understanding our world and shaping our lives. The lectures are aimed at a broad audience.  


2005-2006 Poster:  pdf   psd

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