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Mathematics of Juggling

This is an excellent, in-depth video on the mathematics of juggling, from Cornell University professor (and world-class juggler) Allen Knutson.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38rf9FLhl-8

This hour-long video covers the mathematical notation developed to classify and communicate juggling patterns, and Knutson explains how that inherent mathematical structure can be used to create new patterns.

There’s a lot of very sophisticated math here, which may surprise some people.  But as Knutson says at the beginning, “Anything that is sufficiently understood … there should be a mathematics of that thing.”

There’s also some good juggling in here, too!

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  1. [...] bloggers relaxed and you found those great posts that go beyond mathematical research: Friday, Mr Honner pointed you to an awesome talk about the mathematics of juggling, Saturday, Andrew Gelman wrote a short post with a most important post scriptum and Sunday morning [...]

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