A search for structure — in the footsteps of Cyril Stanley Smith

  • D. Weaire
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Our work in Trinity College on the structure and properties of foams was largely inspired by that of C S Smith, whose career is briefly sketched. His “search for structure” led him in many directions. In our case it led us to a new ideal structure for a foam of equal-sized bubbles. This surpasses that of Lord Kelvin, whose proposed structure has been debated and sought in experiment without success since 1887, in that it has a lower surface area.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Weaire
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  1. 1.Physics DepartmentTrinity CollegeDublinIreland

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