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Graduate Seminar

Chris Lambie-Hanson
Carnegie Melllon University
Title: A Mathematical Investigation of Juggling or A Juggling Investigation of Mathematics

Abstract: In the 1980s, a handful of jugglers developed a mathematical notation for juggling that changed the art forever. This street of influence went two ways, though, as mathematicians considering the intricacies of juggling began proving theorems in a surprising variety of fields. In this talk, I will develop a simple mathematical model of juggling and investigate its combinatorial and group-theoretic aspects. This will culminate in a theorem, which has led to original work in the combinatorics of symmetric groups, counting the number of possible juggling patterns.

Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Wean Hall 8220
Submitted by:  Daniel Spector