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A: The "Dzhanibekov effect" - an exercise in mechanics or fiction? Explain mathematically a video from a space station

Terry TaoOne can see this effect qualitatively from Newtonian first principles (as opposed to Hamiltonian or Lagrangian principles) by looking at a degenerate case, when one moment of inertia is very small and the other two are very close to each other. More specifically, consider a thin rigid unit disk,...

 

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