Stephen Macknik and Susana Martínez-Conde in “Sleights of Mind” • Clarke’s 3rd law: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic • Agatha Heterodyne paraphrase: Any sufficiently analyzed magic is indistinguishable from science • Girona’s corolary: Any sufficiently depth insight into science is indistinguishable from magic (e.g., isn’t chemistry real magic !? )Stephen Macknik and Susana Martínez-Conde, “Sleights of Mind. What theneuroscience of magic reveals about our brains”. Profile Books, London 2011
Alex Stone in “Fooling Houdini” • There is a wealth of connections between magic and science: psychology, neuroscience, mathematics, physics [+ chemistry] • The world of magic is filled with scientists and the world of science is filled with magicians • Scientists and magicians are people who take an interest in mysteriesAlex Stone, “Fouling Houdini. Magicinas, Mentalists, Math Geeks and theHidden Power of the Mind”. Harper Collins, New York, 2012
Two Key Quotes• The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not Eureka! (I found it!) but Thats funny ...‘ (Isaac Asimov)• Martin Gardner has turned hundreds of mathematicians into magicians and hundreds of magicians into mathematicians (Persis Diaconis)
Cards to explain Quantum Chemistry• A poker set of cards is used to teach a few concepts: – Random number (red / black) – Superposition of states: from Schrödinger’s cat to Schrödinger’s card – EPR (Einstein-Podalski-Rosen) entangled pairs
Quasicrystals, Nobel Prize Chemistry 2011• Game related to Gilbreath’s Principle• Show relating Islamic Art, Penrose Tiling, DeBruijn cycles, Quasicrystals – and indeed mathemagics/mentalism.• Linking Martin Gardners’s books and computer science.
More Fun: Quirkchemistry• From the Penrose Staircase to Borromean, Solomon and Trefoil Knotted Molecules• From futballene to tennisballene – and other funny named chemical systems• To knot or not to knot, that’s the question