Friday, April 16, 2021

Video: Spontaneous Synchronization

I don't understand it. It's a physics thing. But, well, here it is. 

The UCLA Physics and Astronomy Instructional Resource Lab has more of an explanation about this phenomenon:

"Metronomes of the same frequency and resting on the same base are started randomly. They synchronize after a short period of time. In this case the base is free to move. In 1657, Christian Huygens was the first to observe this phenomenon in the form of clock synchronization. The phenomenon of spontaneous synchronization is found in circadian rhythms, heart and intestinal muscles, insulin secreting cells in the pancreas, menstrual cycles, ambling elephants, marching soldiers, and fireflies, among others."

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