A few years ago, TSB Managing Director Martha Cook and I each swung a rope for the first time during our week’s visit to the Padlock Ranch outside Sheridan, Wyoming. I admit, I thought about little other than the fact that the hands around me managed to do this at a flat gallop, and I couldn’t even snag a “sawcow” from a standstill. I promise you, there wasn’t even a shadow of a mathematical equation peering out from the dustiest corners of my mind.
Today’s New York Times Science Section had a this short video about a French student of applied mathematics who took trick roping to a whole new level–actually figuring the exact ratio of loop and the impact of the roper’s hand position. Check it out:
Of course, when it comes down to it, just like for some applied mathematics isn’t “scary code” but poetry, for many handling a rope is just like dancing with a partner. Here’s Buck Brannaman earlier this year at the Dublin Horse Show:
Not many of us can dance like that.
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