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The Sophist

Be as a Soap Bubble

Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, Soap Bubbles, c. 1734. (Public Domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons)

How does a soap bubble end up in that perfect spherical shape?

Even if you blew a soap bubble through a non-circular aperture, the sphere will eventually form if the conditions are suitably calm.

It’s surface tension that forms the sphere — the particles of soapy liquid are attracted to one another at a higher level of cohesion than the surrounding air. The pressure of the inner and the outer find…

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Steven Gambardella

Steven Gambardella

I am a history PhD sharing the lessons of philosophy and history with practical benefits for your life and work. Get in touch: stevengambardella@gmail.com