Undertoad Tuesday Jun 4 12:30 PM
6/4/2002: The pitch-drop experiment
MaggieL Tuesday Jun 4 01:25 PM
Very, very cool.....
LordSludge Tuesday Jun 4 01:31 PM
If ever there was an instance where this expression applied:
Griff Tuesday Jun 4 01:34 PM
nice product placement as well... just for a sense of scale don't you know
elSicomoro Tuesday Jun 4 01:40 PM
I wonder why it took 14 years for that 8th drop to fall, given that the other drops happened about 7-9 years apart.
warch Tuesday Jun 4 02:06 PM
This is just a wonderfully weird object. Does anyone know the estimated time to complete the experiment?
jeni Tuesday Jun 4 02:14 PM
wow. so when did the scientist die? or is he not yet dead? maybe i should read the story. ahem.
jeni Tuesday Jun 4 02:16 PM
okay, i read the story and still don't know. so my question, then, is...how many drops did he live to see? not see, but rather know about.
Nic Name Tuesday Jun 4 02:31 PM
Tobiasly Tuesday Jun 4 02:32 PM
I'm gonna be painting my living room soon. Maybe I'll point a webcam at the wall, so people can watch the paint dry. In the name of science.
warch Tuesday Jun 4 02:48 PM
I am 4 in pitch drops. that's a lot of pitch.
lawman Tuesday Jun 4 03:03 PM
here's a visual representation of the 'drip' timeline.
MaggieL Tuesday Jun 4 03:14 PM
And I've been alive for six of them . Wow.
snubber Tuesday Jun 4 03:21 PM
if you read the comment from professor mainstone here you will see that he mentions the school's decision to air-condition the hall where this experiment resides, causing it to drip much much slower.
Joe Tuesday Jun 4 07:48 PM
14 years is a long time
I bet if you just heated up the funnel with a propane torch you wouldn't have to wait so long.
Nothing But Net Tuesday Jun 4 08:09 PM
Glass is also a 'liquid' with an even higher viscosity
There are very old windows in Europe where there is a visible 'thickening' at the bottom. A liquid indeed, but flowing ever so slowly!
jeni Tuesday Jun 4 10:33 PM
so he lived for two of them. thanks for the info i'm what you might call "too lazy to look that shit up"
CharlieG Wednesday Jun 5 07:42 AM
I read an article somewhere on this - the pitch USED to flow faster during the summer, now it flows faster during the winter. The rate changed when the put in AC
Nic Name Wednesday Jun 5 09:40 AM
and there's a link to that article posted (fourth preceding) by snubber
xant Wednesday Jun 5 10:59 AM
Those who started this year will see only one drop as an undergraduate.
Slight Wednesday Jun 5 05:02 PM
I have an experiment like this, although it is not nearly as interesting. My earth sciences teacher in eight grade said that given infinite time, water could disolve anything. Now I doubt the authenticity of this statement since pure gold would never rust/deteriorate/dissolve. Anyway I never liked the fact that US Currency makes it through the wash. Seems like if paper disolves in water, dollar bills, which are paper money, should come apart in water. So I took a martenelli's bottle and filled it with water. I let is sit a couple days to degass. Then I put a $1 bill in and corked it. The water is now quite dirty but the bill is still intact. I know this is a crime but it is my money.
Nic Name Wednesday Jun 5 05:34 PM
Angelus Wednesday Jun 5 08:19 PM
juju2112 Thursday Jun 6 02:37 AM
Angelus Thursday Jun 6 07:57 PM
I meant it for lazy people like me who didn't want to wade through the other stuff on that page. You're clearly the exception to that.
classicman Sunday Jan 6 01:45 AM
So is it gonna drip anytime soon? Did we miss the last one?
Aliantha Sunday Jan 6 10:23 AM
you'd have at least another year or so to wait, but probably more since they put in aircon.
classicman Sunday Jan 6 12:01 PM
that'd be great, thanks. I was trying to see of there was a projected "drip date" but came up empty.
WyrdNyrd Monday Jan 7 05:56 PM
Aliantha Monday Jan 7 06:37 PM
I asked Dazza if he's ever seen this experiment and he said he had, but that it was about the most boring one he'd ever seen. He doesn't know when the next drop is going to be. Apparently they have stopped working on trying to predict that sort of thing. He said that maybe some undergrad might take on he experiment down the track and try to work it out. He then went on to say that it might take a while for the student to get a mark for the paper though.
classicman Monday Jan 7 10:53 PM
[thread] OK, LJ has got me doing it now - I read the thread title as:
Flint Monday Jan 7 11:11 PM
I thought this was going to be about the doppler effect.
SPUCK Thursday Jan 10 05:24 AM
Whats the web camera link? I want to put it up on my screen so can catch the next drop.