The Mathematical Art of Juggling: Using Mathematics to Predict, Describe and Create

(Proceedings pages 33–40)

Mathematics has the power to describe, predict and create patterns,
a power that is very well demonstrated in the pattern-rich world
of juggling. In this paper we examine a simple method of describing
juggling patterns using mathematical notation, and then use this
notation to predict new juggling patterns. We conclude with a
demonstration of how mathematics has been used to create beautiful
patterns that did not exist before these mathematical methods had
been used, and how mathematical names are now used by jugglers
worldwide — a powerful demonstration of mathematics advising the
arts.

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