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  1. 1. Girona, 22 d’octubre de 2012 #G4G-COM
  2. 2. Martin Gardner (21 d’octubre de 1914 - 2010)
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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)
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. 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 
  9. 9. Dmitri Mendeléiev(1834 - 1907)
  10. 10. H Na Sc Ga Nb SbLi Al V As Tc IB P Mn Br Rh CsN Cl Co Rb Ag LaF K Cu Y In Pr
  11. 11. He Na Ti Ga Mo SbLi Si V Se Tc XeC P Fe Br Pd CsN Ar Co Sr Ag CeNe K Zn Y Sn Pr
  12. 12. Be Al Ti Ga Ru IB Si V Kr Rh XeC P Ni Rb Pd CsN Ca Cu Sr Ag NdMg Sc Zn Y Te Fl
  13. 13. O Al Fe Ga Ru LaF Si Co Zr Rh CeNe P Ni Nb Pd PrNa Cr Cu Mo Ag NdMg Mn Zn Tc Ba Lv
  14. 14. S Sc Fe Ga Te LaCl Ti Co Cd I CeAr V Ni In Xe PrK Cr Cu Sn Cs NdCa Mn Zn Sb Ba Es
  15. 15. Ge Rb Mo Ag Te LaAs Sr Tc Cd I CeSe Y Ru In Xe PrBr Zr Rh Sn Cs NdKr Nb Pd Sb Ba U
  16. 16. Girona, 22 d’octubre de 2012 #G4G-COM