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The Mathematics of Juggling (Paperback)

Paperback 226 Pages / Published: 31/10/2002
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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.

Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
ISBN: 9780387955131
Number of pages: 226
Weight: 780 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 13 mm
Edition: 2003 ed.


From the reviews:

"This book is an interesting and comprehensive introduction to the mathematics of juggling. ... This book ... helps in making mathematics more popular. ... The book surveys many interesting juggling-related parts of mathematics and life. ... It is the book under review that contains the most comprehensive introduction to the mathematics of bell ringing and the corresponding toss juggling. ... I am pleased to recommend this nice book to everyone who is interested in the topic." (Gabor Czedli, Acta Scientiarum Mathematicarum, Vol. 71, 2005)

"This book is the first comprehensive account of the mathematical techniques and results used in the modeling of juggling patterns. This includes all known and many new results about juggling sequences and matrices, the mathematical skeletons of juggling patterns." (Hugo S. Sun, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2004 c)

"Until now the contributions to the mathematics of juggling have been scattered in scientific journals, juggling magazines, and articles posted on the newsgroup rec.juggling, the present book provides the first comprehensive and unifying treatment of this subject. ... it provides in my opinion essential reading for all mathematically minded jugglers. Furthermore ... the material of the book could easily be used to communicate to a general audience ... that mathematics and, in particular, pure mathematics can be a lot of fun." (G. Sorger, IMN - Internationale Mathematische Nachrichten, Vol. 57 (193), 2003)

"Learn to juggle numbers! This book is the first comprehensive account of the mathematical techniques and results used in the modelling of juggling patterns. This includes all known and many new results about juggling sequences and matrices, the mathematical skeletons of juggling patterns. Many useful and entertaining tips and tricks spice up the mathematical menu presented in this book. ... The book also includes novel, or at least not very well-known, connections with topics such as bell ringing, knot theory, and the many-body problem." (L'ENSEIGNEMENT MATHEMATIQUE, Vol. 49 (1-2), 2003)

"Mathematics constitutes an optic through which one may approach the entirety of the world. ... As we see in The Mathematics of Juggling, the combinatorial aspect in particular turns out quite rich, with theorems turning up of surprising depth. One even finds a musical connection in a chapter devoted to juggling patterns based on change ringing. Summing Up: ... Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty." (D. V. Feldman, CHOICE, July, 2003)

"Frankly, I haven't seen a lot in the main stream lately that look interesting to me, but I did come across a few interesting books in the less commonly tread areas. Even more unusual, but more accessible, is The Mathematics of Juggling, by Burkard Polster (also published by Springer). I definitely recommend this book." (Steven Roman, The Bulletin of Mathematics Books, Issue 43, February, 2003)

"The book is the first comprehensive account of the mathematical techniques and results used in the modeling of juggling patterns. ... Accessible at all levels of mathematical sophistication, this is a book for wired jugglers, mathematical bell ringers, combinatorists, mathematics educators, and just about anybody interested in beautiful and unusual applications of mathematics." (Zentralblatt fur Didaktik der Mathematik, February, 2003)

"If you thought juggling was all about throwing things up in the air and not dropping them, this book will set you straight. It's a ... dense introduction to the Maximal Prime Loops, Stirling Numbers and four-bell Schreier right coset graphs that underly juggling number theory. If you're a physicist or a mathematician you may find this interesting. ... This would make a good set text for any university that offers Juggling Studies for Engineers course ... ." (Peter Budden, Focus, June, 2003)

"In this book Burkard Polster records and develops the mathematical description of juggling in full detail. ... The author does an excellent job of summarizing the work of the man who not only invented information theory but also the first juggling robot and mathematical theories of the art. ... If you think a book called The Mathematics of Juggling sounds interesting, then you will enjoy Polster's comprehensive and fair account." (Ken Zetie, Physics World, June, 2003)

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