Dan Nancarrow, reporting for the Brisbane Times, drops in on
No less than twice a week, Professor John Mainstone fields an inquiry from someone around the world about his pet project. Provocatively, you could say that he has gained worldwide interest over an experiment that in some respects resembles watching grass grow. But that would be selling the University of Queensland’s Pitch Drop Experiment very short.
Having dripped just nine drops in 81 years, it is recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running experiment in the world.
Having won Professors Mainstone and Parnell a Ig Nobel Prize in 2005, it currently sits proudly in the lobby of the Physics Department, needing no special attention apart from being kept at room temperature….
BONUS: Watch the live web-cam that’s trained on the experiment