1J20.05 - Gömböc - Stable and Unstable Equilibrium
The Gömböc is a mathematically machined figure that is the first known convex, homogeneous object to have just one stable and one unstable equilibrium point. You should be able to prove that objects with less than two equilibria do not exist.
- GOMBOC, Instruction Manual.
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