The Mathematics of Juggling / Edition 1

The Mathematics of Juggling / Edition 1

by Burkard Polster
     
 

ISBN-10: 0387955135

ISBN-13: 9780387955131

Pub. Date: 10/31/2002

Publisher: Springer New York

As a juggler the author likes to finish his performances with a stunt that combines props and techniques from a variety of juggling disciplines. Imagine him idling on a giraffe unicycle, while balancing a spinning basketball on a mouth stick, and toss-juggling a sword, a toilet plunger, and a rubber chicken. As a mathematician he is also interested in the treasure…  See more details below

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As a juggler the author likes to finish his performances with a stunt that combines props and techniques from a variety of juggling disciplines. Imagine him idling on a giraffe unicycle, while balancing a spinning basketball on a mouth stick, and toss-juggling a sword, a toilet plunger, and a rubber chicken. As a mathematician he is also interested in the treasure trove of beautiful mathematics used to model the different activities in a juggler's repertoire. In this book he provides an intellectually stimulating collection of mostly self-contained mathematical essays that introduce the reader to many elegant results and techniques from a wide range of mathematical disciplines such as combinatorics, graph theory, knot theory, mechanics, differential equations, control theory, and robotics. "The Mathematics of Juggling" is the first comprehensive account summarizing and expanding the results in the literature on juggling tricks and skills, as well as the mathematics behind these tricks and skills. Anybody who is not put off by the word "mathematics" in the title of this book should have a good time reading it.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780387955131
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
10/31/2002
Edition description:
2003
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.36(d)

Table of Contents

Juggling-an Introduction
• Simple Juggling
• Multiplex Juggling
• Multihand Juggling
• Practical Juggling
• Jingling, or, Ringing the Changes
• Juggling Loose Ends
• Appendix A: Stereograms of Hamiltonian Cycles
• References
• Index

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