Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Blowing bubbles: 1623

...we see it also in little Glasses of Spittle that children make of Rushes; And in Castles of Bubbles, which they make by blowing into water, having obtained a little Degree of Tenacity by Mixture of Soape...
--From Sylva sylvarum--

This is Francis Bacon talking about the properties of bubbles. He talks about them floating through water, floating on water, even being made with soap. But, he never talks about them floating through air. Even when he is describing children playing with them, they sound like foam that was contained in a bowl. So, I don't think bubbles where airborne at this point!

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