((( RingWorld )))

Ever wonder what it would be like to live in a Ring World?

A circular man-made structure out in space where there is no gravity except the centrifugal force generated by the structure spinning? To people standing on the "floor" of the ring, it is hard to tell the difference from being on Earth, but there are important differences.

On Earth, gravity pulls us down and keeps us on the ground.
On a RingWorld there is no gravity, centrifugal force keeps the residents on the ground.
On the Earth a ball dropped from a height goes straight down, but what is "straight down" in space?
It may not be what you think!

Jump into a virtual RingWorld and see for yourself.
[50K Java applet, 4.x browser required]
You start with a rotating settlement with six story buildings. You can place balls on platforms at any height and make them fall to the ground. Try moving the balls and throwing them, too.

If you have problems running the applet see the Notes section.

Further reading

Non-fiction and fiction: cover cover

Notes on running the Java Applet:

A recent (4.x) web browser is required, or you can download the applet and run it locally.

PC and Unix:
Most 4.x browsers should do. Netscape 4.05 or better is probably required. I have not verified precisely which version Netscape and Microsoft got their act together. I know early Netscape 4.0 browsers will not work.

This applet requires a browser that uses the native
Apple Java. Currently three browsers use Apple's JVM:

MacOS 8.5 and later come with Java built in, or you can download the Macintosh Runtime for Java (MRJ) separately.

You can download this applet and run it directly on your machine if you have Java installed.

Please send any feedback, bugs, or success stories to David Whitney.
Include what machine, browser, or version of Java you are running on.
Last update: June 15, 1999.