This article is from the sci.fractals FAQ, by Michael C. Taylor and Jean-Pierre Louvet with numerous contributions by others.
Robert Shaw at UC Santa Cruz experimented with chaos in
dripping taps. This is described in:
1. J. P. Crutchfield, Chaos, "Scientific American" 255, 6 (Dec.
1986), pp. 38-49.
2. I. Stewart, "Does God Play Dice?: the Mathematics of Chaos", B.
Blackwell, New York, 1989.
Two references to other laboratory demonstrations are:
1. K. Briggs, Simple Experiments in Chaotic Dynamics, "American
Journal of Physics" 55, 12 (Dec 1987), pp. 1083-1089.
2. J. L. Snider, Simple Demonstration of Coupled Oscillations,
"American Journal of Physics" 56, 3 (Mar 1988), p. 200.
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