Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has brought us what we didn’t know we were waiting for: three physicists trying fidget spinners for the first time.
The fidget spinner craze has taken over all our lives the past few months and now has infiltrated the lives of scientists. Taking a few minutes out of their presumably busy day, computational physicist Lee Ellison, design physicist Perry Chodash, and experimental physicist Nathan Riley played with the infamous fidget spinners and voiced their opinions.
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They, like the majority of us, were immediately drawn in by the spinners, in their own fun, scientific ways.
They couldn’t help themselves but to explain a little of the actual science behind the toy. Chodash explained how angular momentum allows the spinner to stay balanced, while he and Ellison commented on the minimal friction between the moving parts and how that allows it to spin for a long time (ultimately slowed down by air resistance).
While they had a mix of opinions on whether fidget spinners would help or hurt productivity, they all agreed that they were a lot of fun.
If the same fidget spinners can appeal to both highly qualified physicists and third graders alike, they truly may be the crowning achievement of our generation.
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