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Seven Tales of the Pendulum


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Part I: Introduction What is a Pendulum? Part II: Seven Tales of the Pendulum 1: Pendulums measure the earth 2: Pendulums keep Time 3: Pendulums measure fundamental forces 4: Pendulums swing high 5: Pendulums go chaotic 6: Pendulums stick together 7: Pendulums in the small Part III: Conclusion Odds and the End Further Reading Glossary of Terms

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Gregory L. Baker was born and educated in Toronto receiving his B.Sc. in mathematics and physics from the University of Toronto, and his M.Sc and Ph.D. in physics, also from the University of Toronto. He has taught physics and mathematics at Bryn Athyn College since 1970, retiring from fulltime involvement in 2007. His scholarly interests have included stochastic processes (as a consultant), chaotic dynamics, and the relationship between religion and science. He has authored or co-authored more than sixty publications, many of which have appeared in peer reviewed journals. His books include the best selling Chaotic Dynamics: an Introduction, a technical/cultural book on the pendulum The Pendulum: a case study in physics, and Religion and Science: from Swedenborg to chaotic dynamics. Baker is a member of the American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers, and is a recipient of the Glencairn award for scholarship at Bryn Athyn College.


`Gregory Baker spins a series of tales about how the pendulum became central to a wide range of scientific inquiry and technological development. This book is highly recommended both for the professional scientist and the curious layman, each of whom will find much of interest and will surely learn a thing or two.' Julien Clinton Sprott, University of Wisconsin - Madison `A good popular science book will uncover the hidden workings of familiar mechanisms, push this understanding through to lesser known phenomena, and reveal links between apparently disparate branches of science, nature, history and culture. Seven Tales of the Pendulum achieves each of these in an easy, readable style. The book swings through a wide arc of topics, from classical applications of the pendulum as an experimental tool, a time-keeper, and a symbolic artefact, to more modern uses, including chaos theory, synchronization and quantum physics. A good mix of precise descriptions, clear diagrams, and interesting anecdotes make this an enjoyable and informative read.' Rob Sturman, University of Leeds

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