, Volume 11, Issue 6, pp 26–30 | Cite as

Soap bubbles and crystals

  • Jean E. Taylor
General Article


The Plateau problem is a famous problem in the shape of bubbles. The author’s solution to this problem by the introduction of geometric measure theory is described. The context of Cyril Stanley Smith’s work on the shape of grains and crystals is introduced.


Soap bubble clusters froths crystals surface free energy Plateau’s problem 


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Suggested Reading

  1. [1]
    Frederick J Almgren Jr and Jean E Taylor, The geometry of soap films and soap bubbles,Scientific American, Vol. 235, p. 82, 1976.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Indian Academy of Sciences 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Courant InstituteNYUSA

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