Gustave Gaspard de Coriolis lived from 1792 to 1843.
He was a smart guy. Using just a pen, paper and mathematics, he figured out why the wind turns, curves, and goes around in circles. It is because of a force called - what else - the Coriolis force.
Monsieur Coriolis figured out something basic, but tricky to understand. To make it easier, here you can explore the Coriolis force with gadgets, games, and stories.
What's up with the Coriolis force? Find out here!
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