Foucault s Pendulum

Three book editors, jaded by reading far too many crackpot manuscripts on the mystic and the occult, are inspired by an extraordinary conspiracy story told to them by a strange colonel to have some fun.

Author: Umberto Eco

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781448181988

Category: Fiction

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Three book editors, jaded by reading far too many crackpot manuscripts on the mystic and the occult, are inspired by an extraordinary conspiracy story told to them by a strange colonel to have some fun. They start feeding random bits of information into a powerful computer capable of inventing connections between the entries, thinking they are creating nothing more than an amusing game, but then their game starts to take over, the deaths start mounting, and they are forced into a frantic search for the truth
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The Pendulum

These fictitious schemes would reach fruition in the former church, Saint Martin des Champs—now part of the Conservatoire National des Arts et Me ́tiers (CNAM) in Paris, that has housed a Foucault pendulum since 1855.

Author: Gregory L. Baker

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191565304

Category: Science

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The pendulum: a case study in physics is a unique book in several ways. Firstly, it is a comprehensive quantitative study of one physical system, the pendulum, from the viewpoint of elementary and more advanced classical physics, modern chaotic dynamics, and quantum mechanics. In addition, coupled pendulums and pendulum analogs of superconducting devices are also discussed. Secondly, this book treats the physics of the pendulum within a historical and cultural context, showing, for example, that the pendulum has been intimately connected with studies of the earth's density, the earth's motion, and timekeeping. While primarily a physics book, the work provides significant added interest through the use of relevant cultural and historical vignettes. This approach offers an alternative to the usual modern physics courses. The text is amply illustrated and augmented by exercises at the end of each chapter.
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Moving the Stars

Foucault's pendulum experiment at the Panthéon in Paris , 1851 THE PENDULUM EXPERIMENT based on so simple a principle puts forward the question why had it not already been carried out at an earlier date . Experiments had been done about ...

Author: Peter Maria Schuster

Publisher: Living Edition, STARNA Ges.m.b.H.

ISBN: 3901585052

Category: Doppler effect

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Literary Philosophers

It is quite significant that almost at the same time as the publication of Foucault's Pendulum , Eco dealt with the problem of interpretation and of overinterpretation . What strikes me in the numerous interpretations of this novel is ...

Author: Jorge J. E. Gracia

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415929172

Category: Philosophy

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First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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The Pendulum

Foucault's pendulum exhibition in 1851 occurred in an era now known by development of the theorems of Coriolis and the formulation of dynamical meteorology by Ferrel . Yet today the behavior of the pendulum is often misunderstood .

Author: Michael R. Matthews

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 140203525X

Category: Science

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The pendulum is a universal topic in primary and secondary schools, but its full potential for learning about physics, the nature of science, and the relationships between science, mathematics, technology, society and culture is seldom realised. Contributions to this 32-chapter anthology deal with the science, history, methodology and pedagogy of pendulum motion. There is ample material for the richer and more cross-disciplinary treatment of the pendulum from elementary school to high school, and through to advanced university classes. Scientists will value the studies on the physics of the pendulum; historians will appreciate the detailed treatment of Galileo, Huygens, Newton and Foucault’s pendulum investigations; psychologists and educators will learn from the papers on Piaget; teachers will welcome the many contributions to pendulum pedagogy. All readers will come away with a new awareness of the importance of the pendulum in the foundation and development of modern science; and for its centrality in so many facets of society and culture.
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Classical Mechanics

Foucault's Pendulum 3 In 1851, Foucault1 found a simple and convincing proof of the earth rotation: A pendulum tends to maintain its plane of motion, independent of any rotation of the suspension point.

Author: Walter Greiner

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783642034343

Category: Science

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The series of texts on Classical Theoretical Physics is based on the highly successful courses given by Walter Greiner. The volumes provide a complete survey of classical theoretical physics and an enormous number of worked out examples and problems.
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New York Magazine

Foucault's Pendulum, by Umberto Eco. Translated by William Weaver. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; 641 pages; $22.95. "l WONDER WHERE ALL THIS IS HEADING," remarks a character on page 59 of Umber- to Eco's hermetic-hermeneutical novel.

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New York magazine was born in 1968 after a run as an insert of the New York Herald Tribune and quickly made a place for itself as the trusted resource for readers across the country. With award-winning writing and photography covering everything from politics and food to theater and fashion, the magazine's consistent mission has been to reflect back to its audience the energy and excitement of the city itself, while celebrating New York as both a place and an idea.
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Implicit Epistemology in the Letters of Paul

This post - modern insecurity is captured by Umberto Eco in his novel Foucault's Pendulum when the enigmatic Belbo describes to Casaubon the epiphany which he experienced as he gazed at the enormous pendulum which hangs in the ...

Author: Ian W. Scott

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 3161487796

Category: Religion

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Revised thesis (Ph.D.) - McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, 2004.
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Reading Eco

3.5 Bellydancing : Gender , Silence , and the Women of Foucault's Pendulum Shortly after the European publication of Umberto Eco's second novel , the noted historian Jacques Le Goff wrote an essay in which he argued that Foucault's ...

Author: Umberto Eco

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253211166

Category: Fiction

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Examines some of Eco's writings together with secondary sources in order to arrive at a more comprehensive critique of his literary theories and his notions of general semiotics as a cognitive social/cultural practice. Articles on literary semiotics, which comprise the second section, focus primarily on Eco, Peirce, Bakhtin, Greimas, Borges, and Derrida. Part three examines aspects of Eco's fiction. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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De slinger van Foucault

Een door drie redacteuren van een Milanese uitgeverij bedacht complot achter de wereldgeschiedenis, dat aanvankelijk een middel tot amusement was, wordt een bedreiging voor lichaam en geest.

Author: Umberto Eco

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ISBN: 9035107004

Category: Italian fiction

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Een door drie redacteuren van een Milanese uitgeverij bedacht complot achter de wereldgeschiedenis, dat aanvankelijk een middel tot amusement was, wordt een bedreiging voor lichaam en geest.
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Refresher Course in B Sc Physics Vol I

The following assumptions have been made in the treatment of Foucault's pendulum to show that the trajectory of the bob of the pendulum is elliptical . ( ) The amplitude of the pendulum is small . ( ii ) As w the angular velocity of ...

Author: C L Arora

Publisher: S. Chand Publishing

ISBN: 812190465X

Category: Science

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It has been revised and brought up-to-date in accordance with the latest syllabi, to meet the needs of the students and teachers alike. This book has been prepared to enable the students to give a correct and to the pint answer to questions set in the examination. The answers have been arranged under various heads and subheads to faciliate the students
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Time for Science Education

Foucault's Pendulum One of the most famous uses of the pendulum was that of the French physicist Leon Foucault ( 1819-1868 ) who used it in 1851 to establish dynamically the fact of the earth's rotation . That the earth rotates on its ...

Author: Michael R. Matthews

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0306458802

Category: Education

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The book demonstrates the importance of history and philosophyof science for science education. It provides a case study of thependulum, showing the pivotal role played by the pendulum in theScientific Revolution. It describes how the pendulum enabled thecreation of accurate clocks that, among other things, enabled thelong-standing problem of longitude to be solved. The book charts howthe solution of the longitude problem was of enormous social, economicand cultural significance for European and consequently world history.Further, the book shows how the discovery of the laws of pendulummotion by Galileo, Huygens and Newton hinged on the acceptance of anew methodology for science. The pendulum laws are a window throughwhich to view the fascinating mixture of experiment, mathematics andphilosophy that characterized the foundations of modern science- the Galilean-Newtonian paradigm - anddistinguished it from Aristotelian, medieval and commonsense science.The book covers: learning about the nature ofscience; navigation andthe longitude problem; ancient and medieval timekeeping; Galileo'sanalysis of pendulum motion; Huygens, Hooke, Newton and the pendulum; clocks and culture; science and philosophy; the mechanical world view; teaching about time and pendulum motion; and teacher education andculture.The book defends a liberal, or contextual, approach to the teaching ofscience. It shows how understanding the scientific, philosophical andcultural contexts and ramifications of the pendulum laws can allowteachers to plan more engaging lessons, and conduct informativehistorical- investigative experiments. Students can re-live history.Contextual understanding of the pendulum allows connections to bemadewith other parts of the science curriculum, and with other subjectareas such as geography, literature, religion, music and mathematics.Readers will come away with a deeper understanding of the nature ofscience and its
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The Philosophy of Umberto Eco

See, for example, the work of Norma Bouchard, including “'Critifictional' Epistemes in Contemporary Literature: The Case of 'Foucault's Pendulum,'” Comparative Literature Studies 32 (1995): 497–513; the work of Rocco Capozzi, ...

Author: Sara G. Beardsworth

Publisher: Open Court Publishing

ISBN: 9780812699654

Category: Philosophy

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The Philosophy of Umberto Eco stands out in the Library of Living Philosophers series as the volume on the most interdisciplinary scholar hitherto and probably the most widely translated. The Italian philosopher’s name and works are well known in the humanities, both his philosophical and literary works being translated into fifteen or more languages. Eco is a founder of modern semiotics and widely known for his work in the philosophy of language and aesthetics. He is also a leading figure in the emergence of postmodern literature, and is associated with cultural and mass communication studies. His writings cover topics such as advertising, television, and children’s literature as well as philosophical questions bearing on truth, reality, cognition, language, and literature. The critical essays in this volume cover the full range of this output. This book has wide appeal not only because of its interdisciplinary nature but also because of Eco’s famous “high and low” approach, which is deeply scholarly in conception and very accessible in outcome. The short essay “Why Philosophy?” included in the volume is exemplary in this regard: it will appeal to scholars for its wit and to high school students for its intelligibility.
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Constructing Postmodernism

In exactly the same way, Foucault's Pendulum, too, is an ontological fiction. Like Borges's “Tlon,” it projects a world in which a circle of conspirators (Casaubon and his colleagues) in turn project a world, namely The Plan; and, ...

Author: Brian McHale

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415060134

Category: Literary Criticism

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Brian McHale provides a series of readings of a wide range of postmodernist fiction, from Eco's Foucault's Pendulum to the works of cyberpunk science-fiction, relating the works to aspects of postmodern popular culture.
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The Geek Atlas

To understand how Foucault's Pendulum works, it's best to start by visualizing a pendulum that is set in motion directly above the North Pole (Figure 13-1).The Earth is twisting relative to the swinging pendulum, so ifyou are standing ...

Author: John Graham-Cumming

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 9780596551278

Category: Computers

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The history of science is all around us, if you know where to look. With this unique traveler's guide, you'll learn about 128 destinations around the world where discoveries in science, mathematics, or technology occurred or is happening now. Travel to Munich to see the world's largest science museum, watch Foucault's pendulum swinging in Paris, ponder a descendant of Newton's apple tree at Trinity College, Cambridge, and more. Each site in The Geek Atlas focuses on discoveries or inventions, and includes information about the people and the science behind them. Full of interesting photos and illustrations, the book is organized geographically by country (by state within the U.S.), complete with latitudes and longitudes for GPS devices. Destinations include: Bletchley Park in the UK, where the Enigma code was broken The Alan Turing Memorial in Manchester, England The Horn Antenna in New Jersey, where the Big Bang theory was confirmed The National Cryptologic Museum in Fort Meade, Maryland The Trinity Test Site in New Mexico, where the first atomic bomb was exploded The Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, California You won't find tedious, third-rate museums, or a tacky plaque stuck to a wall stating that "Professor X slept here." Every site in this book has real scientific, mathematical, or technological interest -- places guaranteed to make every geek's heart pound a little faster. Plan a trip with The Geek Atlas and make your own discoveries along the way.
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The Dustbin of History

C retins , Fools , Morons , and Lunatics s ome time in the 1980s , at a Milan vanity press specializing in the occult , the three middle - aged editors who suffer the plot of Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum chafe under countless ...

Author: Greil Marcus

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674218574

Category: History

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"How much history can be communicated by pressure on a guitar string?" Robert Palmer wondered in Deep Blues. Greil Marcus answers here: more than we will ever know. It is the history in the riff, in the movie or novel or photograph, in the actor's pose or critic's posturing--in short, the history in cultural happenstance--that Marcus reveals here, exposing along the way the distortions and denials that keep us oblivious if not immune to its lessons. Whether writing about the Beat Generation or Umberto Eco, Picasso's Guernica or the massacre in Tiananmen Square, The Manchurian Candidate or John Wayne's acting, Eric Ambler's antifascist thrillers or Camille Paglia, Marcus uncovers the histories embedded in our cultural moments and acts, and shows how, through our reading of the truths our culture tells and those it twists and conceals, we situate ourselves in that history and in the world. Rarely has a history lesson been so exhilarating. With the startling insights and electric style that have made him our foremost writer on American music, Marcus brings back to life the cultural events that have defined us and our time, the social milieu in which they took place, and the individuals engaged in them. As he does so, we see that these cultural instances--as lofty as The Book of J, as humble as a TV movie about Jan and Dean, as fleeting as a few words spoken at the height of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, as enduring as a Paleolithic painting--often have more to tell us than the master-narratives so often passed off as faultless representations of the past. Again and again Marcus skewers the widespread assumption that history exists only in the past, that it is behind us, relegated to the dustbin. Here we see instead that history is very much with us, being made and unmade every day, and unless we recognize it our future will be as cramped and impoverished as our present sense of the past.
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Pendulum

Leon Foucault and the Triumph of Science Amir D. Aczel. for this movement outside the table, on the walls of the room, we reach the same conclusion. But if, while the pendulum is moving, we gently turn the table around, without jolting ...

Author: Amir D. Aczel

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416588436

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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In 1851, struggling, self-taught physicist Léon Foucault performed a dramatic demonstration inside the Panthéon in Paris. By tracking a pendulum's path as it swung repeatedly across the interior of the large ceremonial hall, Foucault offered the first definitive proof -- before an audience that comprised the cream of Parisian society, including the future emperor, Napoleon III -- that the earth revolves on its axis. Through careful, primary research, world-renowned author Amir Aczel has revealed the life of a gifted physicist who had almost no formal education in science, and yet managed to succeed despite the adversity he suffered at the hands of his peers. The range and breadth of Foucault's discoveries is astonishing: He gave us the modern electric compass, devised an electric microscope, invented photographic technology, and made remarkable deductions about color theory, heat waves, and the speed of light. Yet until now so little has been known about his life. Richly detailed and evocative, Pendulum tells of the illustrious period in France during the Second Empire; of Foucault's relationship with Napoleon III, a colorful character in his own right; and -- most notably -- of the crucial triumph of science over religion. Dr. Aczel has crafted a fascinating narrative based on the life of this most astonishing and largely unrecognized scientist, whose findings answered many age-old scientific questions and posed new ones that are still relevant today.
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Physics for Degree Students B Sc First Year

2T X - 24 × 60 × 60 Example 1.15 Find latitude of a place where the plane of vibration of Foucault's pendulum rotates once a day. × 2 × 10' x cos 60 = 14.58 x 10 * m/s”. Solution. The period of rotation of a Foucault's pendulum at a ...

Author: C L Arora

Publisher: S. Chand Publishing

ISBN: 9788121933506

Category: Science

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For B.Sc I yr students as per the new syllabus of UGC curriculum for all Indian Universities. The present book has two sections. Section I covers 1 which includes chapters on Mechanics, oscillations and Properties of Matter. Section II covers course 2 which includes chapters on Electricity, Magnetism and Electromagnetic theory.
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Creative Sciencing

Related activities : BIS 16 , BIS 27 , BIS 42 , Building a Foucault Pendulum SS 11 One of the most convincing proofs of the earth's rotation ... When Foucault's pendulum was set in motion , the pointer traced a path in the sand below .

Author: Alfred DeVito

Publisher: Good Year Books

ISBN: 0673589005

Category: Education

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Educational resource for teachers, parents and kids!
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Understanding Pendulums

A Foucault pendulum, as used by L ́eon Foucault to demonstrate the Earth's rotation in 1851, is not a distinct type of pendulum. It is a large real version of a simple string pendulum (Sect. 2.4), and therefore has two degrees of ...

Author: L.P. Pook

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400714157

Category: Technology & Engineering

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Despite their apparent simplicity, the behaviour of pendulums can be remarkably complicated. Historically, pendulums for specific purposes have been developed using a combination of simplified theory and trial and error. There do not appear to be any introductory books on pendulums, written at an intermediate level, and covering a wide range of topics. This book aims to fill the gap. It is written for readers with some background in elementary geometry, algebra, trigonometry and calculus. Historical information, where available and useful for the understanding of various types of pendulum and their applications, is included. Perhaps the best known use of pendulums is as the basis of clocks in which a pendulum controls the rate at which the clock runs. Interest in theoretical and practical aspects of pendulums, as applied to clocks, goes back more than four centuries. The concept of simple pendulums, which are idealised versions of real pendulums is introduced. The application of pendulums to clocks is described, with detailed discussion of the effect of inevitable differences between real pendulums and simple pendulums. In a clock, the objective is to ensure that the pendulum controls the timekeeping. However, pendulums are sometimes driven, and how this affects their behaviour is described. Pendulums are sometimes used for occult purposes. It is possible to explain some apparently occult results by using modern pendulum theory. For example, why a ring suspended inside a wine glass, by a thread from a finger, eventually strikes the glass. Pendulums have a wide range of uses in scientific instruments, engineering, and entertainment. Some examples are given as case studies. Indexed in the Book Citation Index– Science (BKCI-S)
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