The Atlantic Teaches Us Science…with Mosh Pits

The Atlantic posted an interesting article yesterday, written by Lindsay Abrams, entitled “Mosh Pits Teach Us About the Physics of Collective Behavior,” which obviously made me do a double take.

The article compares moshers to gas particles, stating that “the statistical description we use for gasses matches the behavior of people in mosh pits.”  There is also a link leading to an interactive mosh pit where you can change things like speed, flock strength, and particle count.  It even goes on to speak about a crowd favorite, the “wall of death.”  SCIENCE.

Maybe if my physics class had more discussions about being in the pit I would have gotten a better grade than a  B-.  I also probably could have remembered to bring my calculator for the tests.  Anyway, check out the article here!





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