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Adventures with Lissajous Figures

Thomas B. Greenslade, Jr.

Description

Lissajous figures are produced by combining two oscillations at right angles to each other. The figures, drawn by mechanical devices called harmonographs, have scientific uses, but are also enjoyed for their own beauty. The author has been working with harmonographs since his undergraduate days, building several of them, lecturing on them and has written articles about them.

This book is intended for people who enjoy physics or art or both. Certainly, physics professionals, both students and faculty members, will enjoy reading about an interesting byway of physics. The book is mainly designed for the reader who has some scientific literacy, but who may not be a scientist. If your mathematics is rusty, a preliminary section on mathematics supplies the necessary background for reading the rest of the book.

About Editors

Thomas Greenslade received an AB in physics from Amherst College in 1959 and a doctorate in experimental low temperature physics from Rutgers University in 1965. From 1964 to 2005 he taught physics at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Since retiring he has continued writing and lecturing about early apparatus. He has been fascinated by Lissajous figures and the harmonographs used to draw them since his undergraduate days.

Table of Contents

PREFACE

PRELIMINARIES  
Some Mathematics  
How Lissajous Figures are Formed

HISTORY  
Nathanial Bowditch and the Y-Shaped Pendulum  
Jules Antoine Lissajous and His Tuning Forks  
Hubert Arey and His Observations from Nature

HARMONOGRAPHS OF ALL SORTS
Oscillating Mirrors  
The Kaleidophone  
Oscillating Blades  
Pendulum Harmonographs  
The Y-Shaped Pendulum  
The Two-Speaker Harmonograph  
Other Harmonographs of Unusual Design  
The Oscilloscope  
The Animated Harmonograph  
Harmonograph "Toys"

LOVELY LISSAJOUS FIGURE

Bibliographic

Paperback ISBN: 9780750329217

Ebook ISBN: 9781643270098

DOI: 10.1088/978-1-6432-7010-4

Publisher: Morgan & Claypool Publishers

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