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Faucault's Pendulums in an Eclipse

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2004 10:54:13 -0400 (CLT)

In 1954, Allais observed odd deviations in the swing of a Foucault
Pendulum -
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/specials/total_eclipse/415273.stm -
which was to be tested in the 1999 eclipse.

Maurice Allais received a Nobel Prize in 1988 -
http://www.nobel.se/economics/laureates/1988/allais-autobio.html - but for
econsomics, not astronomy.  His pendulum results are claimed to support
autodynamics - http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,20663,00.html

But when you search for information about the results from the 1999
campaign, there's very little...

A German group found nothing unusual - no anomalous changes in the
relative clock rates correlated with the eclipse were found, at a level
much smaller than previously reported -
http://www.mpq.mpg.de/~haensch/eclipse/full.html

When someone asked on usenet for information on the whereabouts of David
Noever, the NASA person in charge of the investiagtion -
http://www.lns.cornell.edu/spr/2001-11/msg0036587.html - the only reply -
http://www.lns.cornell.edu/spr/2001-11/msg0037004.html - said that he had
gone to work at Mobular, an "internet startup" - http://www.mobular.com/
(the reply ends abruptly!)

The only other mention I can find is this comment -
http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=906&highlight=#11155 -
which says that anomalies were found on the path of the total eclipse.  It
seems David Noever took the data, planning to write a book, and never
published...

Thanks to Pauli for starting this search.

Andrew

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