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Unformatted text preview: Despite these additional and related interests, physics remained the passion of Bohr's life. His undergraduate career culminated in a prize-winning project on the surface tension of liquids, offered by the Academy of Sciences and Letters. Working from the theoretical projections of Lord Rayleigh, Bohr sought a way to measure surface tension with the use of vibrating water jets. The experiments seemed never ending, and Bohr's father had to persuade him to stop and actually write the paper. Bohr was awarded the academy gold medal, having at the age of twenty-one modified and expanded upon the theories of Rayleigh, one of the most famous physicists of that period. Moreover, the significance of this work reappeared many years later when the surface tension of water proved relevant to Bohr's study of the atom (and subsequently to nuclear energy and the...
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08