Tuesday, September 26, 2006


Cymatics is the study of wave phenomena. It is typically associated with the physical patterns produced through the interaction of sound waves in a medium.The term cymatics was coined by the Swiss scientist Hans Jenny, it is derived from the Greek "kyma" ("κύμα") meaning "wave", and "ta kymatica" ("τα κυματικά") meaning "matters pertaining to waves."

Cymatics was explored by Jenny in his book by that title in 1967. Inspired by systems theory, the work of Ernst Chladni, and his medical practice, Jenny began an investigation of periodic phenomena but especially the visual display of sound. He used standing waves, piezoelectric amplifiers, and other methods and materials.

A simple experiment demonstrating the visualisation of cymatics can be done by sprinkling sand on a metal plate and vibrating the plate, for example by drawing a violin bow along the edge, the sand will then form itself into standing wave patterns such as simple concentric circles.One of Jenny's more complex experiments include a spherical vibrating water droplet containing fine particles

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