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Huygens’s Odd Sympathy Recreated

Kurt Wiesenfeld

 

Abstract. In 2000, a Georgia Tech research team decided to recreate experiments described by Christiaan Huygens concerning his newly invented pendulum clock. Dormant for 335 years, and resurrected as a historical curiosity, Huygens’s system informs and inspires current research in nonlinear science.

 

Keywords: Christiaan Huygens, pendulum clocks, synchronization, experiments, emergent behavior

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