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Proseminar Mathematics and Magic [MA6001]

Sommersemester 2012

Prof. Dr. Michael M. Wolf, Dr. David Reeb, Dr. Daniel Reitzner

Seminarleitung: Prof. Dr. Michael M. Wolf, Dr. David Reeb, Dr. Daniel Reitzner
Place and time: Tuesdays 14:15-15:45, seminar room 03.10.011
Dates: 24.4., 8.5., 22.5., 5.6., 12.6., 19.6., 26.6., 10.7., 17.7., 24.7. (spare)
Literature: Will be provided (sent via email) in the following weeks
Prerequisites: Analysis 1 & 2, Linear Algebra 1 & 2
Participation: In each seminar session your participation is compulsory (schedule below)

Contents

A good magician is an honest liar — he says he is going to decieve you and then he does! He relies on his good abilities of sleight of hand, the power of influence and suggestion and of course on his abilities to perform. But sometimes a good trick contains something more — mathematics is a founding stone in many tricks. We will learn about such magic tricks which have an interesting underlying mathematical structure. The mathematics ranges from combinatorics over knot theory to differential equations. The corresponding ’magic’ involves card tricks as well as invisibility cloaks.

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