Miguel Herrada from the University of Seville and Jens Eggers from the University of Bristolmay have solved Leonardo Da Vinci’s 500-year-old bubble paradox. In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the duo explain the weird behavior of bubbles. SyFy shares how they popped the riddle (pun definitely intended).
Since da Vinci first reported the weird behavior of bubbles in water, experiments have continuously demonstrated that a bubble with a radius above about a millimeter will become unstable as it travels toward the surface. Through some as yet poorly understood process, bubbles above a millimeter in radius fall into a pattern of periodic motion five centuries worth of scientists failed to explain. The problem was that our modeling of bubble dynamics couldn’t accurately reproduce what we observe in nature.
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