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As I watched this miniature world self-assemble on my windshield like an alien landscape, I wondered about the physics behind these patterns. I learned later that these patterns of ice are related to a rich and very active current area of research in math and physics known as universality. The key mathematical principles that belie these intricate patterns lead us to some unexpected places…
Get hypnotized by this wave pendulum … seriously, I can’t look away.
A wave pendulum like this is built of equally weighted objects suspended by different (and carefully calculated) lengths of string. Released simultaneously, their differing periods (frequencies of oscillation) cause them to form a “wave” image together that cycles through all possible patterns.
It’s mind-boggling. Looking for a science fair project? This would be a great one.
(via Citadel Physics)
Ice crystals form on a soap bubble at -30c in Northern Sweden.