SOME CONFLUENCES OF ART AND SCIENCE IN
THE PHYSICS OF FOAMS
WIEBKE drenckhan and DENIS Weaire
Abstract: Art and science present two faces of human culture that
reflect each other in many ways. Those of us seeking a topic which
links (rather than simply reflects) both faces naturally, find much
of their desire satisfied in the dazzling beauty and elegance of soap
bubbles and foams; a subject which has attracted scientists, artists
and children (see cartoon by the author) alike over hundreds of years.
The simple principle of minimisation of surface energy governing their
geometry and topology, leads to the origin of a plethora of scientifically
relevant and artistically beautiful patterns - most of which have
counterparts in nature.