Family Friday - Mathemagic with a Deck of Cards
Announcing the debut presentation of the Time Warner Cable Family Fridays program at MoMath!
There seems to be no end to the mathemagical entertainment to be had with a simple deck of cards, drawing from ideas in algebra, discrete mathematics, and probability. Join mathematician Colm Mulcahy as he presents a sampling, both recent and classical. The material is very much in the spirit of the influential writer Martin Gardner, who was born 100 years ago this year, and it can be used to liven up both parties and mathematics classes. All participants, please bring a deck of cards so that you can get personally involved in this intriguing activity.
Colm Mulcahy is a professor of mathematics at Spelman College, in Atlanta, where he has taught since 1988. He's currently visiting The American University in Washington, DC. Over the past decade, he has been at the forefront of publishing new mathemagical principles and effects for cards, particularly in his long-running bi-monthly Card Colm for the MAA. Some of his puzzles and card effects have been featured in the New York Times, and he's blogged for Huffington Post and Scientific American. His book Mathematical Card Magic: Fifty-Two New Effects was published by AK Peters/CRC Press in 2013.