Seven Tales of the Pendulum

    Seven Tales of the Pendulum

    Gregory L Baker

    Oxford University Press 2011

    Hardback 227pp

    9780199589517   Product Code: 94496

    For four centuries the complex behaviour of the pendulum has contributed to the development of applied science and has left a significant imprint on our cultural history. In these seven 'tales' Baker describes the exciting diversity of the pendulum and its changing context, from simple system of classical physics to modern quantum system; he also considers its role in timekeeping, in the measurement of the earth and in literature, where it is a frequent symbol of inexorable regularity and doom.

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