Here’s a terrific video of an elegant way of synchronising metronomes. More along the same lines here and here.
Remember, if you wanted to enter a film of this terrific and unusual demonstration into the SciCast Physics competition, you’d have to write an explanation of what’s going on. Which should keep you busy for a while, I’d have thought.
(found via Kottke, who notes ‘if you watch only one metronome video in your life, make it this one.’)
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