Contents
Preface xi
Chapter 1. Surface Tension 1
§1.1. Introduction 1
§1.2. The Basics of Surface Tension 2
§1.3. Experiments with Soap Films 6
§1.4. The Laplace-Young Equation 13
§1.5. Plateau's Rules for Soap Films and Consequences 15
§1.6. A Sampling of Capillary Action 23
§1.7. Final Remarks 29
Chapter 2. A Quick Trip through Differential Geometry and
Complex Variables 31
§2.1. Parametrized Surfaces 31
§2.2. Normal Curvature 37
§2.3. Mean Curvature 40
§2.4. Complex Variables 43
§2.5. Gauss Curvature 50
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