Pendulum by Wooden.City is a fascinating example of mechanical art and high-level of puzzle challenge.
Assemble 121 parts into a beautiful instrument of time measurement powered by the laws of mechanics. The elegant design of this pendulum covers an intricate engine that make it work for a period of two hours.
Short overview of use of pendulums
Pendulums were in use since ancient times as an instrument for dowsing. However, it wasn’t until the 16th century that they started to explore pendulum as an instrument for measuring time. Basically, it was Galileo who was the first to demonstrate to the public the apparently continuous perpetual motion of a swinging chandelier. Later in years, he began serious studies into the methods of using the pendulum as a time-keeping device. Although, Galileo failed to produce a practical mechanism he explained that air friction and the difficulty of transferring the energy from the pendulum’s oscillations to a cog-wheel.
Finally, in 1657 a Dutch physicist and mathematician Christian Huygens succeeded in producing the first clock based on Galileo’s initial findings. Since then people use the pendulum clock as the standard time-keeping instrument. Curious fact, that the mechanism of the famous London clock tower Big Ben is an example of how efficient pendulums are in timepieces.
Did you know?
The design of the San Francisco International Airport terminal employs mechanical devices called Friction Pendulums to protect the building from earthquake damage. These supports create a pendulum motion that allows the building to sway with the shifting of the ground. This is a way of reducing the chances of catastrophic structural damage. Industrial buildings and bridges incorporate the same concept.
You can learn a lot of fascinating information about on this topic in science by following this link at sciencing.com
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- the beautiful best-selling Magic Clock
- or the new model on the Australian market Royal Clock with a stunning 12 hour working time!
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