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My Gyroscope

Updated on January 6, 2010


Gyroscope, a device for measuring or maintaining orientation, based on the principle of conservation of angular momentum.


Leon Foucault (1819-1868)

The gyroscope was invented in 1852 by the French experimental physicist Leon Foucault (1819-1868) as part of a two-pronged investigation of the rotation of the earth. The better-known demonstration of the Foucault pendulum showed that the plane of rotation of a freely-swinging pendulum rotated with a period that depends on the latitude of its location. His gyroscope was a rapidly rotating disk with a heavy rim, mounted in low-friction gimbals. As the earth rotated beneath the gyroscope, it would maintain its orientation in space. This proved to be hard to do in practice because the frictional forces bring the spinning system to rest before the effect could be observed. The gimbal bearings also introduce unwanted torque. But, the principle is well-known to all children who move their toy gyroscopes about and observe that the spinning disk stays in the same orientation.

A gyroscope is a device for measuring or maintaining orientation, based on the principles of conservation of angular momentum. A mechanical gyroscope is essentially a spinning wheel or disk whose axle is free to take any orientation. This orientation changes much less in response to a given external torque than it would without the large angular momentum associated with the gyroscope's high rate of spin. Since external torque is minimized by mounting the device in gimbals, its orientation remains nearly fixed, regardless of any motion of the platform on which it is mounted. Solid state gyroscopes also exist.

Applications of gyroscopes include navigation (INS) when magnetic compasses do not work (as in the Hubble telescope) or are not precise enough (as in ICBMs) or for the stabilization of flying vehicles like Radio-controlled helicopters or UAVs. Due to higher precision, gyroscopes are also used to maintain direction in tunnel mining

Gyroscopes can be very perplexing objects because they move in peculiar ways and even seem to defy gravity. These special properties make ­gyroscopes extremely important in everything from your bicycle to the advanced navigation system on the space shuttle. A typical airplane uses about a dozen gyroscopes in everything from its compass to its autopilot. The Russian Mir space station used 11 gyroscopes to keep its orientation to the sun, and the Hubble Space Telescope has a batch of navigational gyros as well. Gyroscopic effects are also central to things like yo-yos and Frisbees!

The Gyroscope Inside

There is a gyroscope inside me. It is the balance of my life. If I tilt too far to the left, the gyroscope will counteract this movement and bring me more to the right. If I teeter forward or backwards, it again corrects the balance that permits me to function upright.

Many think that I have a moral “position”. Many think I have a religious “position”. Many think the position is a “condition”. This condition may need “tweaking”. It must be “tweaked”. This condition must be fixed. All need “fixing”. All are broken. None of us are whole. We are merely a part. All the parts make the whole. Do some parts make a whole?

Can it be “tweaked” with drugs? Surely it can be “tweaked” with information. Certainly it can be “tweaked” with emotion. It can be “tweaked” with loneliness and despair. It most certainly can be “tweaked” with concern, love, devotion…

“He leans too far to the left.” My gyroscope makes the correction.

“He leans too far to the right.” My gyroscope makes the correction.

“He’s too liberal.” I remain up-right with no tilt at all.

“He’s too conservative.” I remain upright with no tilt at all.

“Many” think I have a “God” position. This puts people at odds with me.

“Many” think I don’t have a “God” position, or I have a false God” position. This puts people at odds with me.

I just know that “All” and “Parts” have let me down.

“All Parts” will let me down. Even if “All Parts” make up the Whole, the “Whole” with “All Parts” will disappoint.

The gyroscope corrects but points to a “Part”, one “Part”, or the “Part” being greater than the “Whole”. There is a missing “Part” that will make the “Whole” WHOLE.

When false data is introduced, the false data will affect the introducer the most. False data can cause ripples in the space-time continuum. The result indeed will be as ripples on calm water. Eventually the issuer will be engulfed by the backwash.

“Look out! This man is an evangelist! He thinks he can change my mind! I am a free thinker. He will not control me or my thoughts.”

I am not an evangelist. I am merely a pilgrim.

I remain up-right with no tilt at all.

I will not control my mind.

How would I control “Another’s Mind”? Why, I would control “Another’s Mind”, would be the mystery. To control “All” would mean a very small world is involved.

My gyroscope is in charge of my correctness.

“Another’s Mind” is being fought over. “Another’s Mind” is fighting for “Another’s Mind” by “Another’s Mind’s” admission. The willingness to argue is an admission to slavery to "Another’s" ideas, principals, dogma, tenet, etc. and the lack there-of.

“Another’s Mind” is pulled by “all of the above”, plus- sex, health, wealth, weather, work, sports, advertisements, books, news, entertainment….”

I can’t fight. I couldn’t compete. I can only maintain an “up-right” position.

It is my “free-will” that allows the gyroscope to function properly. If I try to correct, I am fighting the “natural process”. I will offset the corrections made for me already.

Because of extreme trauma to certain parts, the gyroscope may seem to be fallible.

It may require a little more time to make the needed corrections.

No-one can hear.

I can lean out and yell at the top of my lungs, “Relax! Keep going! Stay focused! Never put orange juice into a gasoline engine! Don’t urinate into the wind!”

Use Your Gyroscope!

Some may have an easier road, a lighter head-wind, a better machine, or a finer engine.

Keep an eye on the plants bending in the wind.

Keep an eye on the road or the trail.

Keep looking ahead!

Keep trying!

But indeed, keep pedaling!

When things get rough- put your foot down!

It's just like riding a bicycle!


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    • whoisbid profile image


      7 years ago

      I surprised that your scores are not 100

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you so much Dear Peggy. I think we all have a moral gyroscope.

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Very interesting description of the uses of a gyroscope and clever how you used it to define your beliefs and the way you live your life.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      God bless Eiddwen!

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      8 years ago from Wales

      A great hub and thank you for sharing. I remember seeing a gyroscope in the house when I was small and I haven't seen one since!!

      Take care.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      I love you Sa'ge! But you knew that! I'm coming to see you! You can sneak a hub out and catch me unawares!

    • Sa`ge profile image


      8 years ago from Barefoot Island

      I am still catching up to getting all your hubs read as you can see. Where this one was hiding i do not know. I have so many more to read up on. I love this one, such a perfect item to use, your words were excellent. This is one of my favorites so far. Love you!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      That gyroscope sounds delicious! Semper Fi my Brother!

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      MFB III 

      8 years ago from United States

      Great article on a very interesting piece of equipment. i have dallied with these a few times, but my true gyroscope is about three inches thick, well lubricated with yogurt sauce and sits wrapped in a pita with lettuce and tomato to balance it all out...Excellent Hub as always.LOL~~~MFB III

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Thank you Blaise for stopping by. I'll be over your way soon. Stay warm.

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      Fehl Dungo 

      9 years ago from close to you...

      now I know what that thing is..and what's it for :p thanks for the brilliant info Micky!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Thanks Timothy. You're a great friend. You're right about turning on the bike. Thanks for "reading me correctly"!

    • Timothy Donnelly profile image

      Timothy Donnelly 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great Hub M.D.! I love the way you are able to keep things in perspective without wearing rose coloured glasses - gyroscope or not! And, yet again, you have made me smile without feigning amusement. Sometimes life gets too serious, or better yet I should say, thanks for SHARING a profound sense of humour.

      BTW, did you realize (and I’m sure you do, being an avid cyclist) that once moving at a clip fast enough to set up a stabilizing gyroscopic effect within your wheels of motion, you actually push on the handlebars the opposite way that you want to turn! At speed, you mostly LEAN your bike into the corner, and stay balanced (stabilized) by forcing the bars slightly in the opposite direction. Counterintuitive, but true. It is only when you are in a slow movement pace that you would actually turn the handlebars into the direction of the turn.

      Love your Hubs.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Thank you Greensnob for stopping by. I think I'm sorry the fish scales are gone- except for the "scent".

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Thank you PDH. You are so nice to visit all my hubs. You are always so kind!

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      9 years ago

      MD - yes it is a delicate balance and thank God it is a private equillibrium. And spiritual things can only be spiritually discerned. And Sir, the fish scales are gone.

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      9 years ago from US

      you always keep me informed Micky, thank you for this well written stuff, have to read it twice becau7se it fascinated me, Good day, Maita

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      UG, my brother. you see so well. I wish everyone had your sight and insight.

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      Unchained Grace 

      9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Mick, when I got past the 2nd paragraph, I knew where you were going with this. Your research and presentation of the knowledge obtained from this research is a testimony to the gifts God has provided for you. An excellent analogy and comparative.

      Sometimes, just like the gyroscope, we remain upright. While some may think that's not much, they need to rethink their statements as the ability to stand in the face of adversity, disappointment and other such trials is in itself prima facie evidence of the God within us. That neverending flawless gyrosocope! Thank you once again!


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