Following along yesterday’s toy theme, I wanted to pay homage to toys in general and how they’ve contributed to science. People consider toys an artform (sometimes), so I figured why not.
From Scientific American: Advances in science and technology can launch from unassuming springboards. In 1609 Galileo tweaked a toylike spyglass, pointed it at the moon and Jupiter (not the neighbors), and astronomy took a quantum leap. About 150 years later, Benjamin Franklin reportedly used a kite to experiment with one of the earliest-known electrical capacitors. Continuing that tradition, these researchers prove toys inspire more than child’s play.
Their top picks: etch-a-sketch, legos, shrinky-dink, and the balloon within a balloon.
They’ve totally forgotten about Slinky.