The Flying to Pieces of a Whirling Ring


ONE of Prof. Lodge's results would surprise all mathematicians were it correct: unfortunately this is not the case. A submarine cable would have no tendency to break if supported by floating matter in the manner described by Prof. Lodge. Every particle of the cable would be under the influence not only of “centrifugal force,” but also of gravity, and the upward pressure of the water would just balance the difference of these opposed forces, hence there would be no tension whatever in the cable, and it would remain in neutral equilibrium, no matter what the latitude.

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BRYAN, G. The Flying to Pieces of a Whirling Ring. Nature 43, 463 (1891).

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