10 most beautiful experiments

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Ten most beautiful experiments in science. This is pretty old stuff which was published in The New York Times, 2002. More info can be found here.

  1. Double-slit electron diffraction
  2. Galileo’s experiment on falling objects
  3. Millikan’s oil-drop experiment
  4. Newtons’s decomposition of sunlight with a prism
  5. Young’s light-interference experiment
  6. Cavendish’s torsion-bar experiment
  7. Eratosthenes’s measurement of earth’s circumference
  8. Galileo’s experiments with rolling balls down inclined plane
  9. Rutherford’s discovery of the nucleus
  10. Foucault’s pendulum.

More information on Physicsweb

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  4. 4 Karthi January 2, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    GP, children and scientist share the same kind of outlook on life.

    Their motto is “If I do this, What will happen”

  5. 5 gp December 29, 2006 at 11:00 am

    i would say the foccaults pendulum could be one of the most important giving its age and the windows it opened. Of course finding the nucleus is no child play.

    What a child comprehends is the bare nature of the elements in the universe, what a scientist understands is the workings of the universe. The child seems objects, the scientist seems the mechanics of the objects. The child does not speculate because he sees miracle in each turn and the scientist needs to speculate often.

  6. 8 Karthi December 27, 2006 at 1:43 pm

    >Wouldn’t you say a baby/child’s experimentation with the world and with people is far more beautiful than any of this?

    I agree with you. Having a toddler and observing him understand the world leads to very new new experience!

  7. 9 Venkat December 27, 2006 at 7:50 am

    Wouldn’t you say a baby/child’s experimentation with the world and with people is far more beautiful than any of this? I particularly love it when a baby sees something he has not seen before and is curious to touch and play with it.

  8. 10 Karthi December 22, 2006 at 3:53 pm

    Incidentally they did not make it to the list. I have compile my own list for chemistry and biology.

    Meanwhile here are few more experiments that were cited.

    1. Archimede’s experiment on hydrostatics
    2. Roemer’s observations of the speed of light
    3. Joule’s paddle-wheel heat experiment
    4. Reynold’s pipe flow experiment
    5. Mach & Salcher’s acoustic shock wave
    6. Michelson-Morley measurement of the null effect of ether
    7. Rontgen’s detection of Maxwell’s displacement current
    8. Oersted’s discovery of electromagnetism
    9. The Brahh’s X-ray diffraction of salt crystals
    10. Eddington’s measurement of the bending of starlight
    11. Stern-Gerlach demonstration of space quantization
    12. Schrodinger’s cat thought experiment
    13. Trinity test of nuclear chain experiment
    14. Wu et.al’s measurement of parity violation
    15. Goldhaber’s study of newutrino helicity
    16. Feynman dipping an O-ring in water

  9. 11 pegasus December 22, 2006 at 3:16 pm

    i think chemistry was colorful and biology intrigue. and you omitted both of them.


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