Gravity & Gyroscopes & The Scientific Method

Real World Physics Problems published a simple explantion of gyroscope physics here and their principal drawing is as follows:

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The explanation involves differentiating particles in the top half of the spinning wheel from those in the bottom half and treating them as Newtonian objects.


The Newtonian object is the spinning wheel-shaft combination. It is not comprised of smaller ‘objects’ because Newtonian objects have to have space between the shapes (as defined by Bill Gaede in the previous post) in which to observe motion between them.

Newtonian forces act on objects which have to be able to move independently of each other, otherwise if they can’t you, as another object by the way, won’t see any motion between the other objects.

And I don’t understand how gyroscopes work, and certainly don’t understand gravity either but I’m working on it.

And do ignore explanations by those afflicted with mathematitus.


About Louis Hissink

Retired diamond exploration geologist. I spent my professional life looking for mineral deposits, found some, and also located a number of kimberlites in NSW and Western Australia. Exploration geology is the closest one can get to practicing the scientific method, mineral exploration always being concerned with finding anomalous geophysical or geochemical data, framing a model and explanation for the anomaly and then testing it with drilling or excavation. All scientific theories are ultimately false since they invariably involved explaining something with incomplete extant knowledge. Since no one is omniscient or knows everything, so too scientific theories which are solely limited to existing knowledge. Because the future always yields new data, scientific theories must change to be compatible with the new data. Thus a true scientist is never in love with any particular theory, always knowing that when the facts change, so too must he/she change their minds.
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