Ren Fair Physics

Visitors to a Renaissance Festival need not leave physics in the present day – on the contrary, science is all around. The main difference is that (human) muscle power generally substituted in olden tymes for purposes we moderns use electricity.

The Trebuchet uses counterweights and elbow-grease to accomplish what artillery do today. To manufacture all the swords for sale, Ren Festival forges need to be busy. Compare the muscle power need to stoke the coals

and hammer on an anvil

with a modern “Man at Arms

Finally, while we might imagine that nothing could be more modern than the sound of a sonic boom, Medieval

PS. If you want to get in character but your friends are sticklers for anachronisms, remember that you can never go wrong  in any era as a Steampunk Timetraveler



That’s Hedy

A-List Golden Age movie starlet. Progenitor of WiFi and Bluetooth. Today’s Google Doodle honors Hedy Lamarr‘s 101st Birthday, who is known for her iconic role of Delilah in 1949, but should also be known for her invention of Frequency-hopping spread spectrum communication technology. Originally designed to prevent the Nazi’s from jamming the signals of Allied submarines, the concept is used today to greatly improve the reliability of WiFi. The biography, Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World, describes her dual life.



This running joke from the movie Blazing Saddles led to an out-of-court settlement.