Sunday, September 6, 2020

Framed Bubble Sculptures

From the wikipedia page on Calculus of Variations
Plateau's problem requires finding a surface of minimal area that spans a given contour in space: a solution can often be found by dipping a frame in a solution of soap suds. Although such experiments are relatively easy to perform, their mathematical interpretation is far from simple: there may be more than one locally minimizing surface, and they may have non-trivial topology.  

(Consider the many worlds interpretation of QM)  In different worlds (or on different dips) we find a variety of framed bubble sculptures.  (Engineering issues aside)  Could the realized configuration be interpreted as a reflection of a path through the many worlds.   The bubble sculptures themselves are an emergent phenomenon.  Could the realized configuration be a function of inherently random quantum fluctuations.  

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