Bubblephilia

Pretty much everyone loves bubbles when they are kids, but some grown-ups elevate their passion for them to a whole ’nother level.

For example, just last week a physicist at Emory University named Justin Burton and his research team made news by publishing an article in a scientific journal about the ideal recipe for blowing giant soap bubbles.

Here are links to the scientific article and the story on Ars Technica where I learned about it.
How to make a giant bubble (Stephen Frazier, Xinyi Jiang, and Justin C. Burton, Physical Review Fluids)
Physicists determine the optimal soap recipe for blowing gigantic bubbles (Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica)

The video from Emory University that was featured at the bottom of the Ars Technica article was okay, but it didn’t have any narration. I wondered if I could find a better one. Sure enough, here’s one that was posted on the Wonderful Hub YouTube Channel.

Searching for that video turned out to be quite a rabbit hole. There are hundreds of neat YouTube videos about bubbles, and they definitely aren’t just for kids.

For example, here’s a mesmerizing and informative video from the The Slow Down Show YouTube channel that captures giant soap bubbles bursting in slow motion.

It was fun to see and learn about giant bubbles bursting in a controlled setting, but I found myself more drawn to videos of them floating around in the wild.

Here’s 360° video from Dr Zigs that shows a bubble master at work in a field.

Better yet, here’s a clip of some beautiful, giant bubbles haunting a beach.

Whilst wandering around in the rabbit hole that is bubbles on YouTube, I also tripped across a brief clip by Kevin Casey Fleming that shows the beauty of a bubble freezing along with its surprising demise.

All that was an amusing diversion, but then I got totally enthralled by this video about an artist named Richard Heeks that’s elevated photographing bubbles to an art form.

Finally, there are a slew of “how to” videos on YouTube for anyone that wants to get more involved with bubbles. Here’s one that starts out by explaining why (sadly) you can’t make heart shaped bubbles. On the up side, it describes how to make other interesting shapes as well as a way to touch and play with bubbles without breaking them.

I hope you enjoyed this tiny romance with bubbles. If you want to get more involved, then check out this new page about bubbles

Happy Valentine’s Day/Weekend!