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The Magic of Maths

How a love of magic led to a love of maths for Stanford professor Persi Diaconis.

Tim Harford speaks to Persi Diaconis, top professor of maths and statistics and legendary magician. The Stanford University professor and co-author of the book Magical Mathematics has an enthralling story to tell of how he discovered magic as a boy - and as a consequence, a love of maths. And to illustrate how closely maths and magic are linked, Crossing Continents editor and the BBC's in-house magician, Hugh Levinson, performs a mathemagical card trick.

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