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Foucault's Pendulum

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Taken at the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci (Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology) in Milan, Italy.

"That was when I saw the Pendulum. The sphere, hanging from a long wire set into the ceiling of the choir, swayed back and forth with isochronal majesty. I knew -- but anyone could have sensed it in the magic of that serene breathing -- that the period was governed by the square root of the length of the wire and by pi, that number which however irrational to sublunar minds, through a higher rationality binds the circumference and diameter of all possible circles. The time it took the sphere to swing from end to end was determined by an arcane conspiracy between the most timeless of measures: the singularity of the point of suspension, the duality of the plane's dimensions, the triadic beginning of pi, the secret quadratic nature of the root, and the unnumbered perfection of the circle itself." -- Foucault's Pendulum, Umberto Eco

mapper-montag, guidmo, and 45 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. GeoWombats ages ago | reply

    Fantastic photo. I've blogged this at mosaik.wordpress.com.

  2. Camille C ages ago | reply

    brilliantly photographed

  3. Chris28mm ages ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Art of Technology, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

  4. faith goble ages ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Luminosity and Light, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

  5. daileron ages ago | reply

    I wanted to let you know I've used this wonderful image in a post on a blog I edit about geospatial imaging for my company (see www.lizardtech.com/blog/2008/the-cartographic-novel-pitfa.... I've credited you by name. The image is stunning in itself, but it just happens to also mix really well with the background on the blog. It really pops! Anyway, I wanted to thank you, first for "being there" and taking such an evocative image, and then for letting me use it. It made my day.

  6. The Spiritual Eclectic ages ago | reply

    Hi, I blogged this photo at thespiritualeclectic.wordpress.com/2008/07/30/3-nuggets-o...

    Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing your work under a cc license.

  7. jilliembs ages ago | reply

    Thanks for posting you photo on Creative Commons. I've added it to the website mindbodyandsoul.ie:


    Best wishes :)

  8. Brezon 110 months ago | reply

    Hi, I've started a group for pictures of pendulums! So...

    You are invited to add this image to www.flickr.com/groups/pendulums


  9. polyglot1 92 months ago | reply

    Hi Ben: Thank you so much for this elegantly captured image. I wanted to let you know that I have adopted it for my page on FB: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Acting-Lab/220343514667029?sk=... It visually articulates the mission of the Lab--succinct, clear, and stunning. Thank you so much for sharing your work!

  10. sylvar 92 months ago | reply

    polyglot1 Cool! Will you please credit me at www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=220346578000056&set=a... in accordance with the license?

  11. blueskies27 88 months ago | reply

    This is a great photo ! We chose it for the cover of the December 2011 issue of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Magazine with the theme Measurement Technologies Past and Present.
    We have the caption and credit to you written: "Cover photo shows a Foucault pendulum hanging in Milan, Italy’s National Museum of Science and Technology. Photo courtesy of sylvar (www.flickr.com/photos/sylvar/70589378/)."
    Is there any of that you want written differently? Thank you!

  12. sylvar 88 months ago | reply

    blueskies27: That's great! I'd be proud if you'd use my name (Ben Ostrowsky) instead of my username. If it's not too late to make that change, of course.


  13. ashlynnpai 57 months ago | reply

    I need to redesign my non-commercial website and am thinking of using this photo and a small part of the Foucault quote with proper attribution. Can you contact me if you think you will have a problem with it?

  14. ashlynnpai 57 months ago | reply

    Sorry I meant the Eco quote. Doh!

  15. sylvar 57 months ago | reply

    Ashlynn, you can use this photo with attribution, but the Eco quote is of course not mine. You'll have to determine for yourself whether your use of it falls within fair use.

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