Mathematics is Sometimes Tough to Juggle: A Study of the Mathematics of Juggling

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Juggling, applied mathematics, juggling tricks, sequence


Applied Mathematics | Mathematics


When a person thinks of juggling the most prominent image may be that of a goofy looking clown juggling bowling pins or sticks for the entertainment of little boys and girls. This is indeed one aspect of juggling; but juggling has transformed from a display used for entertainment, which is still a part of juggling today, to a complex series of notation and theorems. For example, juggling is currently being explored by a number of researchers who have been trying to explain it using mathematical analysis. This may seem odd to the untrained eye, which sees juggling as nothing more than a side show trick, however, mathematicians have not only succeeded in explaining juggling using mathematics, but have also begun applying their research of juggling to other areas of mathematics.

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