So I get that conservation of angular momentum makes a spinning top stable. Same mechanism behind gyroscopes. When you first spin a top, there's a lot of wobble (precession), but it quickly dissipates. Why does this happen? The lack of wobbling must be a lower energy state if it is reached spontaneously. But this seems very counter intuitive. If we assume conservation of angular momentum (aka, no loss through friction), the angular momentum of the wobble gets converted to spin. However, at low speeds, spin gets converted back into wobble. Another question - how does center of gravity of top affect it's spin characteristics? My guess is the lower the CG, the higher the frequency of the wobble, in order to achieve the same angular momentum.