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Worthington and His Jets

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If you’ve been around fluid mechanics for very long, you’ve probably noticed that we like to name things after people. (Mostly dead, white guys, but that’s another subject.) Whenever someone describes or explains a new phenomenon, it tends to get their name attached to it. Some of the common names in fluid dynamics – Reynolds, Rayleigh, Kelvin, Taylor, von Karman, Prandtl – read like a who’s-who of nineteenth and twentieth century physics. This video gives some historical insight into a couple of those figures – particularly Arthur Worthington, who is known for his contributions to the understanding of splashes. Be sure to check out some of his awesome illustrations and photos. Can you imagine being able to piece together splash physics like that without high-speed video?! (Video credit: Objectivity; submitted by Kam-Yung Soh)

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