Stanford Mathematics Professor Persi Diaconis is featured in an interview on NPR in which he discusses his love of both math and magic. For those not yet aware of Professor Diaconis, Persi was a protege of the other "Professor" Dai Vernon. He abandoned a career in music and magic to study mathematical statistics at Harvard University, and completed his PhD in 1974. He has often lectured on the mathematics behind popular magic tricks and on such topics as how spy codes are encrypted. He has also used his expertise in mathematics and magic to investigate claims in parapsychology. This was broadcast on "To the Best of Our Knowledge" from Wisconsin Public Radio.
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