Institut for
 Spinning Top

The spinning top

Studies on systematics, physics and cultural history of spinning tops


This site is in German only - sorry. I hope you enjoy it nevertheless. Maybe this sitemap will help you to find your way around. This site is under construction. I hope there will be more information soon.



Classification of tops

The large variety of spinning tops provoked scientists to to undertake different efforts for the systematise and classif them. A first approach to spinning top classification with a few pictures.


Some special tops, which might be of interest, are presented here:

Dice tops - some "decision making tops"

Who pays? - tops that decide who has to pay for the next drink


Tippe top

Tops in public space

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Spinning top in science

Spinning tops have been subject of many very diverse areas of the science, such as history, pedagogics, philosophy, theology, linguistics, biology... And naturally it is a topic of art and music. Here at first - the page is under construction - the more peculiar areas:

Numismatics (coins) - two coins with a picture of a top on it (from Korea and Malaysia)

Philately (stamps) - some stamps from all over the world have a picture of tops or top playing children on it Europe Israel/Amerika Asia (FDC)


Very special information:


Jokes Two jokes, and the strange result of automatic translation

Schalke (a geman soccer team) In the 1930s, a special way to move the ball was called "Kreisel" (spinning top).

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Literature mostly in German



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