"Pendulums Large and Small"

Prof.  Joseph Priest

Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)

Abstract


The Foucault pendulum is included as one of the “ten most beautiful experiments in science” in the book The Prism and the Pendulum by Robert Crease, Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Stonybrook. A Foucault pendulum is beautiful for the physics that it reveals and is a wonderful centerpiece for a physics department. I want to describe my personal experience with a Foucault pendulum in the Department of Physics at Miami University and offer help and encouragement to those who are considering installing a Foucault pendulum in your own department. I will also discuss some experiences I have had with coupled pendulums.