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Image number: RS.11620
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Impact on a liquid




Arthur Mason Worthington (1852-1916), Physicist

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height (drawing): 325mm
width (drawing): 199mm



Thirteen sketches in two sequences showing the impact and splash of a sphere of marble, imperfectly dried or polished, 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 the first five figures as series 7, on p.228.

Inscribed above in ink: ‘Plate VIII’, corrected to ‘IX (contd)’. Instructions in blue pencil above each column of drawings ‘Engrave as Series VI’ and ‘Engrave as Series VIII’. Inscribed in partially erased pencil ‘Marble sphere…dropped from height…sphere not quite so rapid.’

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

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