Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Bath and The Brain

Genius! Do you know how many paperbacks, textbooks and occasional library book would have survived!?!

As it turns out, lots of smart people have an affinity for the tub. Ben Franklin brought a tub back from France and then made improvements so he could read and write while immersed. He also had a thing for “air baths” and spent a considerable amount of time sans clothes.

Agatha Christie and Edmond Rostand (the author of Cyrano de Bergerac) both wrote in the tub.

Then, of course, the most famous bathing genius, Archimedes.  The question needing resolution was, did the royal crown maker use all the gold he was given or did he keep some of the gold and add fillers?  The fillers would keep the crown at the same weight, but because the fillers were lighter, they would occupy more space.
Archimedes slides into the tub.  Water is displaced.  “Eureka!” He can immerse the crown and immerse the amount of gold that was to be put in the crown. Weigh the water displaced and any differences would result in termination of services. Another "Eureka!" and  he runs down the street naked

“There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.” Sylvia Plath

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