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The Magic of Computer Science

This website uses video tutorials to explore the scientific workings behind exciting magic tricks and explains how to perform them.

  • School/Institute/Department: Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, CS4FN
  • Subjects: Computer Science, Magic
  • Audience: KS3, KS4, KS5, General Public

CS4FN explores the Magic of Computer Science.

Behind great magic there often lies some interesting maths or computer science, buried in the secret of how the trick works. To be a good magician you need to know more than just the secret though. Great magicians also have a flair for cognitive psychology: they have a natural understanding of people. It turns out that computer scientists use the same psychology as the magicians in designing usable computer systems.

Intrigued? Read on.

You will learn how to do a bunch of tricks. It isn't just magic though. All the tricks have links to computer science - and not just because of high technology. In fact high technology hardly comes in to our magic shows at all, though yesterday's magic often becomes today's technology. It is then taken for granted as the magic seeps away.

Head to the website to watch videos or download the manual!

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