This video’s not hot off the presses, but I still think it’s kinda cool. (And I think OK Go is coming to DC soon… or did they already? They’re not my fav, but I have to admit they’re pretty damn entertaining.)
According to the God of the Interwebs
A Rube Goldberg machine is a deliberately over engineered machine that performs a very simple task in a very complex fashion, usually including a chain reaction. The expression is named after American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg.
Looks cool, anyways. But simplicity in physics is an interesting thing. Often, physicists (and doctors, I’ve learned) abide by the principle of Occam’s Razor, which states, in essence, that the simplest explanation tends to be the right one. (Contact, anyone?) It’s a neat thing to think on.
Update: Just found this really neat article from Wired Magazine on how OK Go built their Rube Goldberg machine.