Thursday, May 9, 2013

Juggling… Not Mere Fun & Games

"Ultimately, juggling holds an aesthetic as well as intellectual appeal for the mathematician. 'The way that I feel when I look at a nice equation is the same way I feel when I look at a nice juggling pattern,' said Burkard Polster of Australia’s Monash University, who literally wrote the book on the mathematics of juggling in 2002. 'There’s nothing superfluous there.' "
That's the last few lines nicely summing up a wonderful Jennifer Ouellette piece on the 'mathematics of juggling' over at the Simons Foundation site (includes an excellent 6-min. video, narrated by George Hart, as well as additional links). Have a look:

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