With this years Miles Franklin Winner just recently being announced, I thought it was time to read last years winner, "THE YIELD" by Tara June Winch. Early on in the book there is a mention of "Foucault's Pendulum". I am not afraid to admit that I had never heard of it before but after googling and reading about it, it is terribly interesting. Here is what Wiki has to say about it -
The Foucault pendulum or Foucault's pendulum is a simple device named after French physicist Léon Foucault and conceived as an experiment to demonstrate the Earth's rotation. The pendulum was introduced in 1851 and was the first experiment to give simple, direct evidence of the Earth's rotation. Foucault pendulums today are popular displays in science museums and universities.
There is also this wonderful video explaining how it works as well -
"Foucault's Pendulum" is also a novel by Umberto Eco, published in 1988 and translated into English by William Weaver.
Here is a synopsis from goodreads -
Foucault's Pendulum is divided into ten segments represented by the ten Sefiroth. The novel is full of esoteric references to the Kabbalah. The title of the book refers to an actual pendulum designed by the French physicist Léon Foucault to demonstrate the rotation of the earth, which has symbolic significance within the novel.
Bored with their work, and after reading too many manuscripts about occult conspiracy theories, three vanity publisher employees (Belbo, Diotallevi and Casaubon) invent their own conspiracy for fun. They call this satirical intellectual game "The Plan," a hoax that connects the medieval Knights Templar with other occult groups from ancient to modern times. This produces a map indicating the geographical point from which all the powers of the earth can be controlled—a point located in Paris, France, at Foucault’s Pendulum. But in a fateful turn the joke becomes all too real.
The three become increasingly obsessed with The Plan, and sometimes forget that it's just a game. Worse still, other conspiracy theorists learn about The Plan, and take it seriously. Belbo finds himself the target of a real secret society that believes he possesses the key to the lost treasure of the Knights Templar.
Orchestrating these and other diverse characters into his multilayered semioticadventure, Eco has created a superb cerebral entertainment.