Exploratorium home Exploratorium home Explo.tv
Browse media archive by:
Search 
Miscellaneous
Chaotic Pendulum (Clip)
Date: February 24, 2011
Running Time: 00:05:00

A short video created about an iconic exhibit at the Exploratorium, Ned Kahn's Chaotic Pendulum. An apparently simple set of pendulums is given an initial twist. Intuition says that the resulting motion of this simple system should be, if not simple, at least predictable. Intuition doesn't work with this device though, and its motion is an extremely complicated, and somewhat whimsical, twisting and turning that defies the predictive powers of physics.
This collection of individual programs tells a wide range of stories, reflecting the diverse interests of the Exploratorium community.

Upcoming

00:30:00
Miscellaneous - Everything Matters (Clip)
12/22/2014   
Explore the lightest and most abundant element. Discover its history and highly flammable propert ...

Featured

00:30:00
Rosetta Mission - Preparing for Landing (Clip)
11/7/2014   
The race to find Philae's landing site could only begin once Rosetta arrived at comet, 67P/Churyu ...
 
00:30:00
Live Deep-Sea Exploration with the E/V Nautilus - Webcast: How Is Technology Changing Ocean Research and Exploration? (Clip)
9/29/2014   
Join us for a live chat with researchers aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus as they study a ...
 
00:02:43
Resonance - Resonance (Clip)
9/26/2014   
Explore distant realms of musical possibility with Resonance, an evening new music series at the ...
 
00:49:00
Rosetta Mission - Comet Mapping (Webcast)
8/15/2014   
Join us as Rosetta moves ever closer to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko’s nucleus to map pot ...
 
00:10:06
Science in the City - Sutro Tower: From Eyesore to Icon (Clip)
8/13/2014   
Looming over San Francisco since 1973, Sutro Tower's antennae transm ...

Recent

01:19:30
Miscellaneous - Future of Education-Changing the Way the World Learns (Clip)
11/26/2014   
An evening of compelling discussion about the future of education moderated by Michael Krasn ...
 
00:30:00
Rosetta Mission - Philae has Landed! (Webcast)
11/14/2014   
Join us for a live webcast with senior scientist Paul Doherty to discuss breaking news about t ...
 
00:00:40
Miscellaneous - Science of Cocktails 2015 (Clip)
11/14/2014   
Science of Cocktails at the Exploratorium is back for our fifth annual celebration! Join us ...
 
00:02:25
Miscellaneous - Scientific American and Exploratorium present: You Make It Happen with Ken Finn (Buzz Like A Bee) (Clip)
11/14/2014   
Join the Exploratorium's very own Ken Finn as he demonstrates fun activities, mixing up scien ...
 
00:30:00
Rosetta Mission - Preparing for Landing (Clip)
11/7/2014   
The race to find Philae's landing site could only begin once Rosetta arrived at comet, 67P/Churyu ...