Chaos and the Double Pendulum

Chaos I’ve recreated one of my favorite mathematical demonstrations below.  Three double pendulums, all starting with near identical initial conditions, all rapidly diverging. I love this demonstration because it’s such a great example of chaotic dynamics. What is Chaos? Chaotic dynamics, in a nutshell, means that a system is extremely sensitive to initial conditions. That…

Akin’s Laws of Spacecraft Design

Making a Lab a Home Engineering labs, like most work spaces, begin life as utterly functional sterile rooms. Sometimes they have cubicles, other times offices, and in a few rare occasions an open office layout, but they all begin sterile. Over time, the people who work there begin to fix it up and imbue within…