Sunday, March 26, 2017

Prince Rupert's Drop

Psalm 111:2 The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.

9 comments:

Margery Bills said...

Can you translate the writing in the picture and what it means?

John Wells said...

The writing in the picture is in English. A poetic description of the glass novelty. "Solis a kingdom one and strong; but when the top is broken, shivers into men." Perhaps it is also a metaphor for leadership. Just in case you aren't aware, if you click on the underlined "smarter every day" - it is a link will take you to a video of the phenomenon. Although a Prince Pupert's Drop is strong enough to withstand the sledgehammer (or a bullet), the tail can be nipped with a pair of blunt-nosed pliers. It takes a little effort. And once it is done it is as if you have taken out the keystone, removed the linchpin, kicked out the foundations. The whole thing explodes. And where, a moment before, you had unbreakable glass, now you have grains of glass like sand - and what is left in your hand you can crumble without danger.

Road said...

Wow, does that bring back memories. Last time I saw anyone mess with a Prince Rupert's Drop was in 1969 when a teacher--just arrived from a long stint in Africa--brought one into Physical Science class and demonstrated for us. We thought it was something special from Africa.

Banged it on a piece of polished granite, hit it with a hammer, then, if I remember correctly, just poked the tail with a pin as we watched it shatter.

Thanks for the flashback. . .

Margery Bills said...

I do not know how that coincides with the Bible. I must have missed something. Can you explain? Prince Rupert's Drop is so neat. TY. I do remember the name mentioned years ago but did not understand or pursue it. (I think I held a Prince Rupert's Drop years ago and thought it pretty and interesting but did not know about it). Now I will have some fun with Smarter every day. The information on the Internet is boundless.

Margery Bills said...

There are some people here who have trouble reading and writing. But I have known a physicist here for 50 years. He had some possible stroke problems from a faulty recent marriage when she stole all his money, etc. But I think he will certainly remember Prince Rupert's Drop. He remembers formulas that make men sit up and look at him.

John Wells said...

Margery - perhaps a little more scripture and you will get the connection. Psalm 111 Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation. 2 The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. 3 His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever. 4 He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered...

Margery Bills said...

I never heard a religious teacher or leader refer to Prince Rupert's Drop. That is why I asked specifically. I surmised that our Saviour is the head and we are the tail and without the head we mortals become aimless and hopeless and implode in upon ourselves in devastation of sinning. That is my interpretation. And yours?

Margery Bills said...

Also, the tail implodes first after vibrations from the head and the tail implodes and crumbles from the tail up to the head, destroying the entire system. This reminds me of the troubles we are in today in the Middle East and the political protests here because many people are fed up.

John Wells said...

How the physical properties relate to our world can be interpreted any number of ways.
Appreciating the wonder of it is my point. The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein...He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered...