A Double Pendulum, a.k.a. a Chaotic Pendulum, is a simple, jointed pendulum used to study dynamic systems/chaos theory. It’s also just a really cool widget that’s fun to watch.

Not to be confused, BTW, with Steve Jackson’s (of Steve Jackson Games fame) Chaos Machine, which is an entirely different mechanical animal.

The Chaos Machine (Double Pendulum) – Link


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