Taiwan

If you’re planning a visit to Taiwan, get ready for a surprising Science Destination. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

Frommer: One of the tallest buildings in the world is Taipei 101. It’s this massive building and on the outside of it, funnily enough, it’s all green, because that’s the color of money which is good luck in that culture.

Pauline Frommer is Editorial Director for the Frommer guidebooks and Frommers.com.

Frommer: Taiwan and Taipei in particular is one of the most earthquake prone places on earth. And so to make sure this massive, massive building stays up, they have the largest and heaviest pendulum in the world in the middle of the building.
It weighs 660 tons and it hits these bumpers and the bumpers absorb energy from the swaying of the pendulum and stop the building from moving too much. And the physics of it then cuts out wear and tear on the building, meaning that – A, it will be less likely to collapse if there’s an earthquake or a typhoon, which are two common things that happen in Taipei. And B, they think it’ll meet make the building last much longer just in general, because that it moves less than normal buildings do, because there’s this huge pendulum in the middle of it and you get to go up at the top, go into this viewing balcony and you see the pellet pendulum kind of swaying back and forth in their it’s very cool.

And when you’re in Taiwan, you can hear Pulse of the Planet on International Community Radio Taipei – ICRT FM100. They’ve been broadcasting this series since its earliest days. Hello, Taipei! I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

Taiwan

Home of the largest pendulum on the planet.
Air Date:12/02/2021
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If you're planning a visit to Taiwan, get ready for a surprising Science Destination. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet. Frommer: One of the tallest buildings in the world is Taipei 101. It's this massive building and on the outside of it, funnily enough, it's all green, because that's the color of money which is good luck in that culture. Pauline Frommer is Editorial Director for the Frommer guidebooks and Frommers.com. Frommer: Taiwan and Taipei in particular is one of the most earthquake prone places on earth. And so to make sure this massive, massive building stays up, they have the largest and heaviest pendulum in the world in the middle of the building. It weighs 660 tons and it hits these bumpers and the bumpers absorb energy from the swaying of the pendulum and stop the building from moving too much. And the physics of it then cuts out wear and tear on the building, meaning that - A, it will be less likely to collapse if there's an earthquake or a typhoon, which are two common things that happen in Taipei. And B, they think it'll meet make the building last much longer just in general, because that it moves less than normal buildings do, because there's this huge pendulum in the middle of it and you get to go up at the top, go into this viewing balcony and you see the pellet pendulum kind of swaying back and forth in their it's very cool. And when you're in Taiwan, you can hear Pulse of the Planet on International Community Radio Taipei – ICRT FM100. They've been broadcasting this series since its earliest days. Hello, Taipei! I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.