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What is Symmetry in Physics?

Symmetry is vital to understanding and predicting how our universe works. The relationship between symmetry and the mechanics of the universe is fundamental to physics. From Noether’s theorem to the new and exciting w...

The synchronization of 100 metronomes

From the Ikeguchi Laboratory in their pursuit of studying nonlinear chaotic dynamics, watch as 100 metronomes synchronize to the exact same timing. The key is the surface that the metronomes are on: a hanging platform...

Physics! 32 out-of-sync metronomes synchronize

A physics demonstration from the Ikeguchi Laboratory in Japan: Exactly 32 metronomes unite in synchronous play with no help from human hands. And there’s simple physics at the heart of it.  When the arm of any...