ITALY: PENDULUM EXPERIMENT STAGED AT FLORENCE CATHEDRAL
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Date: 21/06/1997 04:00 AM
Florence, Italy - 20 June 1997
1. Interior shot of dome of Florence Cathedral
2. Man holding pendulum
3. Pendulum with screen in background
4. Candle lighting string to release pendulum
5. Pendulum swinging
6. Pendulum swinging
7. Tail of pendulum hitting sand
8. Interior of cathedral showing pendulum with screen in background
9. Various of pendulum
10. SOUNDBITE: (Italian) Umberto Eco, Italian author
11. Interior of cathedral dome
Florence cathedral staged the famous pendulum experiment Thursday night to a captivated crowd of eight-thousand people.
French scientist Jean Foucault's experiment proved in 1851 that the earth rotates on its own axis.
Italian author Umberto Eco whose second novel was entitled 'Foucault's Pendulum' attended the event, as part of the 700th anniversary celebrations of the cathedral.
Brunelleschi's famous frescoed dome witnessed Thursday the re-creation of the famous experiment proving the earth rotates on its own axis.
Eight-thousand spellbound people packed Florence cathedral to see a re-run of the Jean Foucault's 1851 experiment.
The event is part of the cathedral's 700th anniversary celebrations.
An 89-kg (196-lb.) weight was suspended from an 88-metre wire (294 feet) attached to the dome.
The pendulum slowly oscillated as it swung, proving the earth turns on its own axis.
Italian author Umberto Eco who was inspired by the experiment, entitling his second novel "Foucault's Pendulum", attended the event.
"One stays totally numb infront of a mystery that he doesn't move, we do. It is inconceivable"
SUPER CAPTION: Umberto Eco, Italian author
The French scientist performed the original experiment at the Pantheon in Paris by suspending a 28-kg (62-lb.) lead ball from a wire 67 metres (222-feet) long.