Mathsweek Ireland and Queen's University are delighted to announce our 2023 lecture, entitled The Unexpected Mathematics of Juggling, to be delivered by Dr Colin Wright.
Juggling has fascinated people for centuries. Seemingly oblivious to gravity, the skilled practitioner will keep several objects in the air at one time, and weave complex patterns that seem to defy analysis. In this talk the speaker demonstrates a selection of the patterns and skills of juggling while at the same time developing a simple method of describing and annotating a class of juggling patterns. By using elementary mathematics these patterns can be classified, leading to a simple way to describe those patterns that are known already, and a technique for discovering new ones.
Colin Wright graduated in 1982 from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Pure Mathematics, and went on to receive his doctorate in 1990 from Cambridge University, England. While at Cambridge he also learned how to fire-breathe, unicycle, juggle and ballroom dance. Since then he has worked as a research mathematician, a computer programmer, and an electronics hardware designer, taking time to give presentations all over the world on "Juggling -- Theory and Practice." Colin also established MathsJam -- a major annual gathering of people interested in recreational mathematics. He also enjoys sailing small boats.
The lecture will take place in the Great Hall on Friday 20th October at 12:00pm. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Events page for further details.