Everyone oscillates, one way and another. We vibrate, we hum, we bounce. We have our ups and downs. Some of this oscillation attracts the attention of a researcher named Tainsh.
In 1972, Michael A Tainsh published a monograph called Oscillation of Human Performance as a Personality Measure, in the journal Perceptual and Motor Skills. Tainsh was then based at the University of Aston, an institution whose very name oscillates. In its current phase, the name is Aston University.
Tainsh wrote to me about his monograph, saying it was inspired by a 45-year-old book…
So begins this week’s Improbable Research column in The Guardian.