December 15th, 2005

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The synchronization of two pendulum clocks was discovered in 1665 by Huygens.

1. Two pendulum clocks mounted on the same wall always fell exactly out of phase with each other no matter what the starting conditions. Regardless of the initial conditions the system always ended up the same.

2. In stark contrast, a chaotic system is extremely sensitive to initial conditions. How can these two seemingly seperate things be tied together? The synchronization of chaos.

3. When two chaotic systems are synchronized together, information can be shared between them.

I can’t wait to see what results. jason0x21, build me something with this information!