The Foucault Pendulum

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Before leaving the Pantheon and all its treasure, just a quick stop at the Foucault Pendulum . Those of you who know me are aware, I am sure, that physics is not my thing!   But David has a deep and profound love of science, so I try to appreciate it and  respect his training.   This is something that is simple, yet clear. . . . . a theory demonstrated and not just a theory  proved through complicated math.

 

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Jean Foucault pendulum

Image the excitement and awe of these people  in 1851 as they  see a mystery as before unproved , that the earth  rotates on its axis.

Well, it is pretty cool today, as well.

Back to the streets of Paris!

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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3 Responses to The Foucault Pendulum

  1. So wonderfully revealed. Great post. To think of how this person came up with the idea? Where did the idea come from?

    • annetbell says:

      Great question! I just did a little research as I am not a physicist . What I learned was that it was already known and accepted in the field that the earth rotates on its axis, but Foucault discovered a simple way that was available to all to see the results that proved it with their own eyes. He opened the door of science to the masses. I hope that answers your question. Thanks for asking and stopping by !

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