Mathematical Card Tricks on the BBC

A winter break treat from the BBC!  They talk a bit about the mathematics of card tricks with one of the few people equally famous among mathematicians and magicians: Persi Diaconis.

Persi Diaconis

To give you an idea what sort of fellow he is, according to Wikipedia Persi supported himself while as a student by playing poker on passenger ships traveling between New York City and South America!

You can listen to the interview here (use the slider to jump to 14.50 to hear the good stuff).

Be sure to catch where Persi mentions that he had our own Martin Gardner as a recommendation letter writer for grad school!

And a nod to Dave Benson for facebooking the BBC interview.