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Image number: RS.11619
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Impact on a liquid




Arthur Mason Worthington (1852-1916), Physicist

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height (drawing): 325mm
width (drawing): 200mm



Ten sketches in sequence showing the impact and splash of a dry, polished, sphere of marble upon the surface of water.

Illustrations from the manuscript version of the paper ‘On impact with a liquid surface’, by A. M. Worthington, Proceedings of the Royal Society, vol.34 (1882), pp.217-230. The published paper reproduced this sequence of figures, with several omissions, as series 6, on p.228.

Inscribed above in ink: ‘Plate VIII’, corrected to ‘IX (series 1)’ and again in blue pencil ‘Engrave as Series V. Engraver to omit these’. Inscribed in pencil ‘Marble sphere 1.28 cm in Diameter dropped from a height of 62 cm…’

Arthur Mason Worthington (1852-1916) was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1893.

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