The Mathematics of Juggling

John Maharry
Department of Mathematics
The Ohio State University

7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Mathematicians often seem to have an affinity for juggling. Ask around at a mathematics conference and you will find a large number of jugglers. So it is natural that some mathematicians began to study the patterns that arise (or cannot arise) when juggling. In the 1980's, various mathematicians developed a simple notation for describing complicated juggling patterns.

This science café takes a look at a variety of juggling patterns and the surprising (simple) mathematics that comes out of it. In this talk, it is likely that the juggling will be more difficult than the mathematics.

Here is an audio recording of this science cafe in mp3 format.