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Prince Rupert’s Drop

When I’m not working, making things, exercising, or doing any other of the things on my “to do” list, I like learning some physics. The funnest way to learn new things is with Destin from Smarter Every Day. I was introduced to his channel by a friend from Ireland. 

Are you wondering what a Prince Rupert has to do with physics?

Prince Rupert was a German from Bavaria, and he brought a special piece of glass that looks like a drop of water, to the British king in 1660. Since then, that glass drop is called by his name. This glass has impressive properties that I’ll let you learn in the video. Glassmakers have known about Prince Rupert’s Drop even since the Roman Empire. The glass drop has also been used as toys around the 17th-18th centuries. It used to be called “Dutch tears” or “Prussian tears” because they claimed to have invented the glass drop. 

In his 7 minute video, Destin takes you on a journey to learn about this mysterious and fascinating piece of glass that continues to amaze people throughout generations.

Whenever I learn about the wonders of physics or chemistry or any other science subject or the world around us, it makes me glorify God for His intricate, perfect, creation!
“Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite” (Psalm 147:5)

After watching the video, what do you think?
Have you known about the properties of Prince Rupert’s Drop before this post?
Since we’re on the topic of glass, would you try glass blowing if you had the chance? 



7 thoughts on “Prince Rupert’s Drop

    1. And I have been to a glass-blowing shop before–SO FUN to watch them do their work! And yes, I’d love to try it myself although I’d struggle a little to keep the glass from falling on the floor (it’s quite runny when it first comes out of the furnace).

    2. Esther, I am so glad that you enjoyed the post and to hear feedback from readers! It made my day brighter to see your comment. Science can be so intriguing especially when presented in this engaging format as this guy on youtube does.

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