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This Guy Defies Death To Demonstrate Physics Law


Tom Hale

Senior Journalist

clockJan 25 2016, 00:12 UTC
847 This Guy Defies Death To Demonstrate Physics Law
NRK Viten/YouTube screenshot

Physicist Andreas Wahl would feel truly at home among the world’s dying breed of “mad scientists.”


He wanted to demonstrate some Newtonian laws of circular motion and how objects with a centripetal force, which forces traveling objects to follow a curved path, accelerate as they approach a central point. However, sterile laboratories with little pulleys and weights don’t quite do it justice. Instead, it seems hanging 14 meters (46 feet) off a sketchy-looking Norwegian warehouse displays it much more effectively.

The clip below is from a show called "Life on the Line” on the Norwegian channel NRK Viten. Unfortunately, if you’re outside of Norway, you can’t see the full program. However, you can check out the raw unedited footage here and some of the preparation work for the experiment here.

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