No one can ignore the laws of the physical world, least of all performers who seem to flout them.
Number theory and neuroscience are probably not the first things that come to mind when you contemplate the circus. Yet along with the clowns and the fire-eaters, there’s a place for science under the big top. Performers and their coaches have to know, either instinctively or consciously, what the laws of physics and biology will permit them to do; moreover, a surprisingly large number of scientists are themselves circus fanatics, and a few are even performers...
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