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Image number: RS.14189
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Light reflected from soap bubbles

Date

1912

After

Charles Vernon Boys (1855-1944, British), Physicist

Object type

Archive reference number

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (paper): 231mm
width (paper): 300mm

Subject

Description

Graphical representation of the spectrum colours of soap bubbles of various thicknesses.

Proof of a colour plate used in the book Soap bubbles: their colours and the forces which mould them, by Charles Vernon Boys (London, SPCK, 1912). The completed plate, which included Fraunhofer lines not present in this version, faced p.149 in the second edition and was also used as a cover illustration. This proof has Boys's manuscript headings and notes with amendments to the colours within the chart.

Sir Charles Vernon Boys (1855-1944) British physicist and inventor, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1888.

Object history

From the papers of Charles Vernon Boys, donated by John V Boys, 2018.

Associated place

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