Life at Low Reynolds Number, Purcell 1976

Life at Low Reynolds Number
E.M. Purcell
Lyman Laboratory, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass 02138
June 1976
American Journal of Physics vol 45, pages 3-11, 1977.

Life at low Reynolds Number

Editor’s note: This is a reprint of a (slightly edited) paper of the same title that appeared in the book Physics and Our World: A Symposium in Honor of Victor F. Weiskopf, published by the American Journal of Physics (1976). The personal tone of the original talk has been preserved in the paper, which was itself a slightly edited transcript of a tape. The figures reproduce transparencies used in the talk. The demonstration involved a tall rectangular transparent vessel of corn syrup, projected by an overhead projector turned on its side. Some essential hand waving could not be reproduced.

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