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Re: [Cute] Foucault's Pendulums in an Eclipse

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

Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2004 18:40:42 -0400 (CLT)

This has just popped up on /. -
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/08/20/2022249

There's an article in the Economist -
http://www.economist.com/science/displayStory.cfm?story_id=3104321 -
summarizing this paper -
http://arxiv.org/ftp/gr-qc/papers/0408/0408023.pdf

Andrew

andrew cooke said:
>
> 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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