Pendulums Synchronize Due To Ticking Sound Pulses In Oddly Fascinating Experiment

Physics

Photo credit: All other factors were ruled out in the experiment. Henrique Oliveira/Luís Melo.

In 1665, Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens noticed something strange. Two swinging pendulum clocks were found to eventually synchronize when hung together, and it wasn’t until 2002 that the mystery was solved – the swings were transferring energy to the support, causing the oscillations of the pendulums to “couple,” or swing at the same...

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