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This web page presents the story of the humble pendulum and its significant role in the development of modern science. Inspired by Galileo's classic experimentation, the pendulum provided the Western world's first accurate means of time-keeping. But perhaps more importantly, the story of the pendulum brings to light the shift to using mathematics to understand the natural world -- the methodological core of the Scientific Revolution. This resource examines how Galileo's studies of pendulum motion triggered a revolutionary new way of thinking about physics and about the value of idealization in science. This item is part of a larger collection of stories spanning five disciplines, all designed to spark student interest by introducing them to the human involvement in important scientific endeavors and discoveries. See Related Materials for a link to the full collection.
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