May the Forces Be With You

Gravity and the Centrifugal Force

Andrew J. Love

Good morning. My name is Andrew Love. This is my eleventh science presentation at Balticon; I try to vary my subject matter from year to year – today my subject is inspired by an interesting question someone asked on a mailing list I’m on, which resulted in a lengthy discussion and some entertaining calculations. Rather than just give the question and the answer I’m going to explore the issue from several angles – looking at all sorts of things that spin.

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