How do we know the earth is rotating? Simple! Because Monty Python told us it was – “Just remember that you’re standing on a planet that’s revolving, and revolving at nine hundred miles an hour”. Oh, and of course, back in 1851 a scientist by the name of Leon Foucault showed us a pendulum! Now, you can recreate the experiment and add some style to your office with the Executive Foucault’s Pendulum!
Back in the 60’s and 70’s, every executive’s desk seemed to have a Newton’s Cradle (you know the balls banging back and forth), but you’d soon drive yourself crazy with the constant clicking. The Executive Foucault Pendulum on the other hand, swings quietly while creating intricate patterns in the sand.
Once you start the pendulum moving, it continues to move back and forth in the one direction, BUT because the earth is moving around it, it looks as though it’s moving in different directions….or something like that – maybe you should Google it for a more scientific explanation. All we know is it looks really cool – and it’s way better than squeezing a stress ball or banging little steel balls on fishing line.
If you’re looking for an executive gift, you’ll definitely impress them with an Executive Foucault’s Pendulum. The idea might be centuries old, but the effect is 21st century awesome!