(and a little physics) of Soap Bubbles
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David A. Katz
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I have been playing with soap bubbles for most of my life. My studies turned from simple amusement to semi-serious study in about 1978, when I started investigating the chemistry of toys. By 1982, I could easily present 30 minutes of soap bubble demonstrations to a class or group. In 1987, I was asked to present a talk on the science of soap bubbles and balloons at the
Franklin Institute of Philadelphia as part of their annual Bubbles and Balloons Festival. At those festivals, I had the opportunity to meet and share information and techniques with Richard
Faverty, and Tom Noddy. At the suggestion from Tom Noddy, I did schedule a visit with Eiffel
Plasterer in June of 1989, at his farm in Huntington, Indiana, as a side trip while traveling out west for one of my summer workshops. In his basement bubble laboratory, I found Mr. Plasterer still exhibited the excitement of a child as he demonstrated his various solutions and bubbles to me. After a wonderful day of bubbles and conversation, Mr. Plasterer complemented me, as I was leaving, by saying that in all his years of…