Thursday, March 24, 2011

Mathmagic-Happy Birthday Harry Houdini!!


Today is the birthday of Harry Houdini (1874-1926).  He was a famous escape artist who used his mathematical prowess, as well as his skill and bravery in many of his tricks.

Let's celebrate with a little math magic!

In a lively show, mathemagician Arthur Benjamin races a team of calculators to figure out 3-digit squares, solves another massive mental equation and guesses a few birthdays. How does he do it? Unlike Houdini, he’ll tell you.  http://www.ted.com/talks/arthur_benjamin_does_mathemagic.html

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