Thursday, November 03, 2005

Collective Synchronisation.

Scientists have been able to understand why London's Millenium wheel swayed from side to side in the year 2000, just two days after its opening.

The reason...collective synchronisation !

According to Steven Storgatz, of Cornell University at Ithaca, New York, states,
  • "The phenomenon was that people who were walking at random, at their own favorite speed, not organized in any way spontaneously synchronized"
  • "That's the phenomenon. Why did they all start moving in step? They did it unconsciously. That is what nobody had thought about and engineers did not anticipate."
Wow ! Now there's a phenomenon that no one had encountered before !

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