How the Swinging Sticks Works

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The Swinging Sticks sculpture is a deceptively simple construct that inspires wonder into the mechanics of its design. The sculpture is crafted by expert artisans who calibrate the magnets in the arms to allow precise motion. This is to ensure perfection, and is reflected in the 0.01% defect rate over the last 11 years by the manufacturer. Learn more about the Swinging Sticks here.

While it looks easy to make, in fact an advanced knowledge of science, mathematics, and physics is essential to understanding how it is made and works. So where did the idea for the Swinging Sticks come from? Well the concept for the sculpture can be traced back to the idea of perpetual motion, a theory given by many scientific and philosophical minds over the centuries.

Perpetual Motion Devices

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One of the earliest inventors to begin experimenting with perpetual motion was Leonardo Da Vinci who studied the concept in depth and tried to build many different models. Eventually, Da Vinci concluded that perpetual motion impossible and gave up on the idea.

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Perpetual Motion Concept - Villard de Honnecourt (1230)

Interesting in learning more about various proposed perpetual motion devices? Click here to learn more about perpetual motion machines throughout history.

Swinging Sticks Physics

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Despite Da Vinci giving up on perpetual motion, many physicists and engineers today are still attempting to design a perpetual motion device. If it was proven to be real we would see things like endless motors requiring no energy because there would be no influence of friction.

However, in the world we live in, friction is a very real concept and it thus prevents anything from achieving true perpetual motion based on our modern understanding of physics. If you want to learn more about the physics behind the Swinging Sticks Kinetic Energy Sculpture click here.


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The Swinging Sticks are governed by a series of calculus equations in physics. These equations are complex and require understanding differential equations, an extremely advanced area of mathematics. Click here to learn about the mathematics behind the Swinging Sticks.