Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Slightly more into physics here than pure math (…not that the two are always so separable), but caught this 4-min. video of synchronizing metronomes over at Cosmic Variance blog:

Read the CV blog post for a fuller explanation (which is dependent upon subtle movements/oscillation of the platform the metronomes sit on):


Meanwhile, in other matters, this week's NY Times offering from Steven Strogatz is a fun exposition on "the birthday problem" with Johnny Carson making an appearance:


Strogatz, by the way, once wrote a book on synchrony entitled "Sync", describing how order arises from a chaotic universe.

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