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Juggling by Design

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Author:Ivars Peterson (MathTrek)
Description: The earliest known depiction of juggling is on the wall of an Egyptian tomb nearly 4,000 years old. The painting shows a woman keeping three balls aloft. It's only in the last decade or so, however, that juggling has become the subject of serious mathematical analysis. The surprise may be that it took so long for mathematicians to get into the act. A large number of the roughly 3,000 members of the International Jugglers Association are involved with math or computers. Attracted by juggling's demand for a combination of dexterity, precision, invention, and experiment, they find it an immensely appealing pastime...

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: Sequences and Sets, Sports

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