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