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Apple Drop

Major collection: Science & Technology
Named collection: Harold E. Edgerton Collection
Object type: negative
Maker: Edgerton, Harold Eugene
Date made: 1970

To demonstrate the effects of gravity, specifically the acceleration of all falling objects, Edgerton inevitably recalled the legend of Sir Isaac Newton sitting under the aple tree. An assistant obligingly dropped a large Delicious apple for the strobe, firing at an even 60 flashes per second, to trace its increasingly rapid trajectory in this multiflash picture. (from "Stopping Time" (1987), p. 114). (CC)


Related People

thumbnail Edgerton, Harold Eugene
1903-1990; electrical engineer; professor