THE PRINCE RUPERT’S DROP – I honestly can’t say that science was ever my strong suit, in fact I failed miserably in science class, but that doesn’t mean that I am not amazed at what scientists come up with.
I had never hear of the Prince Rupert Drop, I knew nothing of its history or the fact that it referred to glass. So if you are anything like me and are completely lost, here’s a little history.
History of the Prince Rupert’s Drop
Prince Rupert of Bavaria (1619-1682), grandson of James I, brought the glass teardrops to Charles II as a gift.
Demonstrations of the stress of glass were introduced to England as a curious party trick.
In 1661, King Charles asked his personal scientific society, which later evolved into the Royal Society, to investigate.
No one could give Charles Il a satisfactory explanation of the extraordinary behaviour of how the trick worked.
One of the scientists investigating was Robert Hooke, who became famous for Hooke’s Law.
It was not until 1994 that scientists at Cambridge University and Purdue University in Indiana solved the puzzle.
The video above provides some fascinating information coupled with hi-speed video that will simply leave you breathless.
Whether you are into science or not, this video will certainly amuse you and I’m sure the next time you have a drink with your friends you can enthrall them with your knowledge of the famous Prince Rupert’s Drop.