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Cornell Study: Collective Motion of Moshers at Heavy Metal Concerts

Brad Bershad

by Brad Bershad

Published February 15, 2013

Leave it to my alma mater, Cornell University, to study Mosh Pits at Heavy Metal concerts and come up with a formula for the activity of "a Mobile Active Simulated Humanoid, or MASHer":

mosh-pit-mathematical-formula
 

Here are some other diagrams representing how humans act like gaseous particles:

Collective-Motion-of-Moshers-at-Heavy-Metal-Concerts-Diagrams
 

Repulsion?  Gaseous Particles?  I think the study could also explain the smell at Heavy Metal concerts. Seriously.

Click here for the published PDF of the study

Collective Motion of Moshers at Heavy Metal Concerts
by Jesse L. Silverberg, Matthew Bierbaum, James P. Sethna, and Itai Cohen
Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics and Department of Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca NY 14853, USA
(Dated: February 11, 2013)

Via: Spin

 

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