Boys, C.V. Soap Bubbles and the Forces Which Mould Them. New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc.,1959.
This brief book is a classic of scientific literature. It contains three lectures that Boys delivered before a juvenile audience in 1889 and 1890. Boys describes a number of experiments that anvone can use to demonstrate the effects of surface tension.
Isenberg, Cyril. The Science of Soap Film and Soap Bubbles. Somerset, England: Woodspring Press Ltd., 1978
If you are serious about your bubbles, this is a very good college-level book with lots of physics and mathematical exposition on bubbles and minimal surfaces and their applications to the real world.
Lovett, David. Demonstrating Science With Soap Films Bristol & Philadelphia: Institute of Physics ISBN 0 7503 0269 0
If you are super-serious about your bubbles, his book will tell you about the chemistry of bubbles, minimal surfaces, the black film. A good history of bubbles is also included.
Noddy, Tom. Tom Noddy's Bubble Magic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Running Press, 1988
If you are less serious about your bubbles and just want to have fun (and learn some science at the same time) Tom will teach you to do all kinds of cool things with bubbles.
Frederick J. Almgren, Jr. and Jean E. Taylor, 'The
Geometry of Soap Films and Soap Bubbles', Scientific American,
July 1976, 82-93.
Jean T. Taylor, 'The structure of singularities in
soap-bubble-like and soap-film-like minimal surfaces', Annals of
Mathematics 103 (1976), 489-539
See? Real scientists take bubbles seriously too!
Frederick J. Almgren, Jr., 'Existence and regularity almost everywhere of
solutions to elliptic variational problems with constraints',
Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society 165, 1975, viii + 199 pages.
Better be a grad student in Mathematics for this paper!
Walker, Jearl. 'Amateur Scientist: Reflections on the rising bubbles in a bottle of beer" Scientific American, December 1981.
In an engaging stvle, Walker discusses the bubbles in beverages: their formation, the forces that control them, the tensions that lead to their demise.
Walker, Jearl. 'Amateur Scientist: What happens when water boils is a lot more complicated than vou might think." Scientific American, December 1982.
Walker makes the complicated events that take place when water boils simple to understand. He describes the circulation of water being warmed in a pot, the formation of bubbles in boiling water, his own home experiments and observations of boiling, and he ends with a discussion on whether adding salt to the cooking water changes the cooking time for pasta.
Zubrowski, Bernie. Bubbles: A Children's Museum Activity Book. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1979.
Zubrowski is an enthusiastic proponent of using bubbles as teaching aids. The book describes numerous bubble film activities and includes techniques for blowing bubbles and making gigantic bubbles, bubble sculptures, bubbles under glass, and other unusual bubbles.
Zubrowski, Bernie. "Memoirs of a Bubble Blower." Technology Retried, November December 1982.
Zubrowski describes how he has used bubbles in teaching and discusses the importance of exploring natural phenomena and encouraging a sense of meaningful play in the classroom.
Rogers, Eric M. "Chapter Six - Surface Tension: Drops and Molecules" in Physics for an Inquiring Mind. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press,1960.
This readable book discusses surface tension, capillarity, soaps and wetting agents, and waterproofing.
Chapter Thirteen, Project Physics. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston,1970, 1975.
Bayrock, Fiona "Bubble Homes and Fish Farts" Charlesbridge Publishing, 2009. Illustrated by Carolyn Conahan
ISBN 978-1-57091-669-4 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-1-57091-670-0 (paperback)
For about ages 6-10 yrs
A nonfiction book about the amazing ways animals use bubbles.