The magnificent pendulums
Transcript of a lecture given on November 18, 2020 by Howard Fisher as part of the Dean's Lecture and Concert Series. The Dean's Office provided this description of the event: "With Galileo, we learn to understand the two natural motions by reducing change to constancy (constant speed, constant acceleration). But trying to understand the motion of a pendulum by Galileo’s way generates an infinite task. Instead, we look to the Form of pendular motion: the Paradigm Circle. To what extent does the Paradigm Circle tell us which properties of the pendulum are essential to its distinctive motion, and which are merely extrinsic or fortuitous? We will look at several pendulum clock mechanisms, as well as a mechanical device that demonstrates the relation between the pendulum and its Paradigm."
Santa Fe, NM
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