[ugrads] Magic of Mathematics

Hemanshu Kaul kaul at iit.edu
Fri Apr 17 11:13:16 CDT 2015

Dear students,

is a fun read. Its not often you see an article talk about magic,
card-shuffling, Combinatorics, Markov chains, Monte Carlo, fluid flow; and
how all these concepts could come together to answer a deceptively simple
question about randomization.

If you have never heard of Persi Diaconis, then you should read
and look up the book he wrote with Ron Graham:
This might be only book written by a magician and a juggler/acrobat who
also happen to be top-class mathematicians.

For those of you familiar with MCMC, you will find it fascinating to hear
about beginnings of MCMC mixing time theory in the first part of this
interview with Persi Diaconis:


Hemanshu Kaul
Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics
Illinois Institute of Technology

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