Bursting Bubbles Governed by Mathematics in Motion


When bubbles in a cluster burst, they appear to be subject to random, unmeasurable forces. But according to UC Berkeley mathematicians James Sethian and Robert Saye, that's not the case. This computer-generated sequence they say, illustrates mathematics at work. The pair have devised a method to mathematically describe the evolution and disappearance of bubbles in a cluster, by building equation-based computer models of the various forces at work inside and in between the bubbles.