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Soap Bubbles: Their Colors and Forces Which Mold Them
An excellent primer and the classic work on the topic of soap bubbles and films, this book employs simple experiments to establish a practical basis for the existence and function of surface tension and energy minimization. Dozens of experiments require nothing more than soap, straws, and bits of rubber, yet they impart profound and fundamental concepts relating to the sci ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 13th 2012 by Dover Publications
(first published June 1st 1958)
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The book wasn't what I expected - I was expecting more of a discussion of those "forces which mold them" and not what was basically a narration of classroom experiments. For me there was too much "do this, do that, and ... see what happened there?" and not nearly enough "and here's how/why that happened, what that means, and other applications of those principles".
This book was written originally about a hundred years ago but they obviously knew a lot about bubbles even then. Some of the phenomena he describes are unbelievable but apparently real. Some of his explanations of said phenomena don't seem entirely accurate though.