The twists and turns of explaining how cats twist and turn when they fall from above or skulk about — that’s what fills this week’s Improbable Research podcast.
- The Falling Cat Phenomenon — Kane, T. R., and M. P. Scher (1969). ‘A Dynamical Explanation of the Falling Cat Phenomenon.’ International Journal of Solids and Structures 5: 663–70.
- Advanced Physics of the Falling Cat — Montgomery, Richard (1993). ‘Gauge Theory of the Falling Cat.’ Fields Institute Communications, 1: 193–218.
- Cats skulking —Bishop, Kristin L., Anita K. Pai, and Daniel Schmitt. “Whole body mechanics of stealthy walking in cats.” PLoS One 3, no. 11 (2008): e3808. Here is a video, part of the study, of a skulking cat:
The mysterious John Schedler or the shadowy Bruce Petschek perhaps did the sound engineering this week.
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