[time-nuts] synchronizing a large number of weakly coupled oscillators

jimlux jimlux at earthlink.net
Wed May 12 13:27:15 UTC 2010


Bob Camp wrote:
> Hi
> 
> The tendency of clocks to self synchronize dates back at least to the
> days of pendulum clocks. It may date to the era of water clocks, but
> if so it's undocumented. It has been observed on a wide range of
> modern clock designs. If you look into "injection locking" you'll get
> a pretty good picture of what's going on.
> 
> 

Oooh.  Clepsydra  (is that also the plural?).. one of my favorite topics..

It never occurred to me that they might couple, although almost every
other mechanical clock does.

What would the mechanism be?
How could one set up an experiment?

(hey, it's getting to be summertime, and my kids need projects that 
might get them wet)



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