START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x

The Surprising Connection Between Card-Shuffling and the Higgs Boson


Science & Tech  (tags: cards, computers, discovery, investigation, math, research, science, study )

Kit
- 854 days ago - blogs.discovermagazine.com
There was a time when people thought of playing cards as cosmic instruments. Fortunes were told, fortunes were lost, and the secrets of the universe unveiled themselves at the turn of a card.



Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.

Comments

Yvonne White (232)
Friday July 20, 2012, 3:38 pm
That's Very Interesting! I did not know "But a perfect shuffle isnít random at all. Eight consecutive perfect shuffles will bring a 52-card deck back to its original order, with every card in the pack having cycled through a series of predictable permutations back to its starting place. This holds true for any deck, regardless of its size, although eight isnít always the magic number. If you have 25 cards, it takes 20 shuffles, whereas for 32 cards it only takes 5; for 53 cards, 52 shuffles are needed. You can derive a formula for the relationship between the number of cards in the deck and the number of faro shuffles in one full cycle."..My Tarot deck is giving me a disapproving look though..;)

 

John B. (158)
Friday July 20, 2012, 6:33 pm
Thanks Kit for posting the article. It might have seemed simple to you but it took me three times reading through the article to understand it. Apparently I'm not the brightest light bulb (25 watt). Read and noted.
 

Michael T. (82)
Friday July 20, 2012, 9:00 pm
I would suggest that it would take a card dealing adept to pull it off more than I could. I don't play with or handle cards that often so I would likely create an alternate universe if I were to try to create any probabilities. LOL.
 

Elaine B. (21)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 3:35 am
WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF GETTING RID OF THE SPAMMERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ottherwise, very interesting article. Reminds me of the books about Entanglement. And, "As Above, So Below" comes to my mind.
Thankyou for posting this. :-)

 

Kerrie G. (135)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 5:37 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Janelle Wong (71)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 5:47 am
The Higgs Boson has absolutely nothing to do with the "statistics of probability".
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 10:38 am
A wonderful article that illustrates how math is the basis for all things and it is why we should learn it. Good games theory.
 

Janelle Wong (71)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 10:50 am
Has absolutely nothing to do with the Higgs Boson.
 

Val R. (246)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 2:45 pm
Interesting article Kit - mathematically - spammers like it too - flagged all.
 

Julia R. (292)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 6:51 pm
Fascinating article! It is amazing how symmetry being reflected in mathematics by using the example of a faro shuffle and following a formula based on the number of cards you have and getting back to its orginal order can be related to finding the secrets of the universe and predicting the higgs boson article 48 years before it was actually discovered as it would lead to certain outcomes in nature! Kit, thank you for this very clever article. It has also motivated me to go out and get a deck of cards and master both the in-faro and out-faro shuffles!
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 10:20 pm
Noted. Thanks.
 
Or, log in with your
Facebook account:
Please add your comment: (plain text only please. Allowable HTML: <a>)

Track Comments: Notify me with a personal message when other people comment on this story


Loading Noted By...Please Wait

 

 
Content and comments expressed here are the opinions of Care2 users and not necessarily that of Care2.com or its affiliates.