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Seven tales of the pendulum /

by Baker, Gregory L.
Type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2011Description: xvii, 227 str. : ilustr. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780199589517.Subject(s): Pendulum | Gravity | Rotational motion (Rigid dynamics)
Contents:
Introduction. What is a pendulum. Why the pendulum. The motion of the pendulum. Picturing the motion. Seven tales of the pendulum. Pendulums measure the earth. Shape. Density. Rotation - the Foucault pendulum. Frames of reference. Foulcoust pendulums are tricky. Pendulums go public. Pendulums keep time. Mechanical clocks pre-pendulum. The development of the pendulum clock. Time as a standard of length. Escapements. Temperature compensation. Pendulum clocks into the twentieth century. Pendulums measure fundamental forces. The historical torsion pendulum. Modern torsion pendulums. Pendulum swing high. A religious pendulum. Yes, the period does depend on the amplitude. Phase space revisited. Parametric forcing. Pendulum of horror. Pendulums go chaotic. Introduction and history. The chaotic pendulum. The geometry of chaos. Fractals. Information and prediction in chaos. Pendulums stick together. Synchronized pendulums. Secure communication. Control of the chaotic pendulum. Large-scale synchronization. Pendulums in the small. Potential energy. A new physics. Two simplified quantum systems. The nonlinear quantum pendulum. Microscopic pendulums. Does quantum physics partially wash out chaos. Conclusion. Odds and the end. The double pendulum. The cradle pendulum. The relativistic pendulum. The long now clock. Some final thoughts.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction. What is a pendulum. Why the pendulum. The motion of the pendulum. Picturing the motion. Seven tales of the pendulum. Pendulums measure the earth. Shape. Density. Rotation - the Foucault pendulum. Frames of reference. Foulcoust pendulums are tricky. Pendulums go public. Pendulums keep time. Mechanical clocks pre-pendulum. The development of the pendulum clock. Time as a standard of length. Escapements. Temperature compensation. Pendulum clocks into the twentieth century. Pendulums measure fundamental forces. The historical torsion pendulum. Modern torsion pendulums. Pendulum swing high. A religious pendulum. Yes, the period does depend on the amplitude. Phase space revisited. Parametric forcing. Pendulum of horror. Pendulums go chaotic. Introduction and history. The chaotic pendulum. The geometry of chaos. Fractals. Information and prediction in chaos. Pendulums stick together. Synchronized pendulums. Secure communication. Control of the chaotic pendulum. Large-scale synchronization. Pendulums in the small. Potential energy. A new physics. Two simplified quantum systems. The nonlinear quantum pendulum. Microscopic pendulums. Does quantum physics partially wash out chaos. Conclusion. Odds and the end. The double pendulum. The cradle pendulum. The relativistic pendulum. The long now clock. Some final thoughts.

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