classical mechanics continue to baffle scientists – a simple chain problem?
After more than 300 years after the Newton’s laws of motion were published, modern scientists should know everything there is to be known about classical mechanics by now, don’t you think? Well, in February 2021, popular science YouTuber Steve Mould published a viral video of a chain rising out of a beaker as it is falling out of it. He dubbed this novel phenomenon the Mould effect.
Scientists quickly got to work, with a paper being published in 2014 by Cambridge University explaining what they think is going on behind the ‘chain fountain’. Here’s a rough explanation.