Published: February 24, 2011
Total Running Time: 00:05:00
In Ned Kahn's iconic Exploratorium exhibit Chaotic Pendulum, an apparently simple set of pendulums is given an initial twist. Intuition says that the resulting motion of this simple system should be simple—or at least predictable. Intuition doesn't work with this device, however, and its motion is a complicated and somewhat whimsical twisting and turning that defies the predictive powers of physics.