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.