October 2016’s Alchemist Café

Juggling-Theory and Practice with Dr. Colin Wright

Maths Week Ireland is in its 11th year and Alchemist Café Dublin is delighted to welcome back Dr. Colin Wright (@ColinTheMathmo), who spoke at our Maths Week event back in 2012. Back then he spoke with us about the essential wartime maths work of Alan Turing in breaking the Enigma code. This time he’s treating us to his performance on juggling and maths.

In this talk Colin 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.

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.

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.

Colin Wright Juggling Maths

Date: Tuesday 18th October 2016

Location: The Mercantile, Dame St, Dublin 2
Time: Doors 7pm, Show 7.30pm
Admission: Free – All Welcome!

Complimentary finger food will be provided

This event is in association with Maths Week Ireland


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