Circus Science

No one can ignore the laws of the physical world, least of all performers who seem to flout them.

By Carl Zimmer|Thursday, February 01, 1996
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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