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Rattleback - Simply Incredible - Easy to Use...Very Hard to Explain

Regular price $6.25

A rattleback is a semi-ellipsoidal top which will rotate on its axis in a preferred direction. If spun in the opposite direction, it becomes unstable, "rattles", stops and reverses its spin to the preferred direction!

This spin-reversal appears to violate the law of the conservation of angular momentum.  Moreover, for most rattlebacks (including the one above) the motion will happen when the rattleback is spun in one direction, but not when spun in the other. Some exceptional rattlebacks will reverse when spun in either direction.  This makes the rattleback a physical curiosity that has excited human imagination since prehistorical times.

A rattleback may also be known as a "anagyre", "celt", "Celtic stone", "rebellious celt", "rattlerock", "spin bar", "Robinson Reverser", "wobble stone" (or "wobblestone") and by the product names "ARK", "Bizzaro Swirl", "RATTLEBACK", "Space Pet" and "Space Toy".

The one above also magnifies and is sure to entertain for hours!

Comes in your choice of colour.

Recommended for Age 6 & Up


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