Emeritus Prof. Jim Stein entertains and instructs crowd with math card tricks and book trailer

June 23, 2016

A packed theater of about 75 attendees watched Cal State Long Beach Emeritus Prof. Jim Stein perform several math card tricks – one blindfolded with his tie – to illustrate the science and practical value of mathematics. Another 20 saw his talk to the Orange County CFI group in Costa Mesa. Stein’s enthusiasm and knowledge wowed the crowd during the tricks and afterwards during the Q&A with Stein, who is the author of The Paranormal Equation and his new one, L.A. Math: Romance, Crime, and the Mathematics in the City of Angels, that illustrates through short stories how two detectives use math to solve perplexing crimes. He showed this tongue-in-cheek book trailer during the June 19 talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDq2B3yrRkY

JIm Stein with math card trick

 Jim Stein with Gretchen Crookes

  Jim Stein blindfolded for math trick