Bubbles

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Introduction1

Dictionary

soap bubble : a hollow iridescent globe formed by blowing a film of soapsuds (as from a pipe) — Webster

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Thesaurus

Roget’s II (Thesaurus.com), Merriam-Webster Thesaurus, Visuwords

Encyclopedia

Soap bubble is an extremely thin film of soapy water enclosing air that forms a hollow sphere with an iridescent surface. Soap bubbles usually last for only a few seconds before bursting, either on their own or on contact with another object. They are often used for children’s enjoyment, but they are also used in artistic performances. Assembling several bubbles results in foam. When light shines onto a bubble it appears to change color. Unlike those seen in a rainbow, which arise from differential refraction, the colors seen in a soap bubble arise from interference of light reflecting off the front and back surfaces of the thin soap film. Depending on the thickness of the film, different colors interfere constructively and destructively. — Wikipedia

Portal

Soap Bubble Wiki
Bubblemancy

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Science

Physicists determine the optimal soap recipe for blowing gigantic bubbles (Jennifer Ouellette)
Physics of Giant Soap Bubbles (Emory University)
How to make a giant bubble (Stephen Frazier, Xinyi Jiang, and Justin C. Burton, Physical Review Fluids)

Technology

Preservation

History

A small history of soap bubbles (PUSTEFIX)

Museum

Bubbles (National Toy Hall of Fame, The Strong National Museum of Play)
Bubbles (Ron Hipschman, Exploratorium)

Library

WorldCat, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library

Participation

Education

Course

The Science of Soap Bubbles (MIT BLOSSOMS)

OER Commons: Open Educational Resources

News

Soap Bubble (Science Daily), Phys.org

Book

ISBNdb

Government

Document

USA.gov

Expression

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Fun

Toy

Amazon Toys

Arts

Performing Arts

Bubbleoogy (Keith Johnson, YouTube Channel)

The Lord of the Bubbles: Top World Class Bubble Shows

Visual Arts

Richard Heeks flickr

Poem

OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form

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Notes

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