MCS Department Seminar 2/10 – Pamela Harris

Posted on February 3rd, 2021 by

On Wednesday, February 10th, at 1:30pm, we are excited to welcome Dr. Pamela Harris from Williams College to give a virtual seminar talk about the mathematics of juggling!

We are extra excited to welcome Dr. Harris, as she is one of the mathematicians featured in the book “Power of Numbers” by Talithia Williams, which is being read by the new MCS book group this semester.

Zoom info has been sent through email. If you did not receive this email, you can email for the link.

Title: Kostant’s partition function and magic multiplex juggling sequences

Abstract: Kostant’s partition function is a vector partition function that counts the number of ways one can express a weight of a Lie algebra g as a nonnegative integral linear combination of the positive roots of g. Multiplex juggling sequences are generalizations of juggling sequences that specify an initial and terminal configuration of balls and allow for multiple balls at any particular discrete height. Magic multiplex juggling sequences generalize further to include magic balls, which cancel with standard balls when they meet at the same height. In this talk, we present a combinatorial equivalence between positive roots of a Lie algebra and throws during a juggling sequence. This provides a juggling framework to calculate Kostant’s partition functions, and a partition function framework to compute the number of juggling sequences. This is joint work with Carolina Benedetti, Christopher R. H. Hanusa, Alejandro Morales, and Anthony Simpson.


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