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Triumph of 20th Century Technology

September 6, 2013

Triumph of 20th Century Technology

This week marks the 50th Anniversary of a, um, highlight of Sixties psychedelic paraphernalia, the Lava Lamp. Created by inventor, RAF pilot, and nudist Edward Craven-Walker (1918 – 2000), the glowing glass of goop was first brought to market in the UK as the Mathmos Astro Lamp in 1963. In Sixties America, no dorm room or hippie crashpad was home without a Lava Lamp.  Just ask your groovy grandma, youngster.



March 13, 2012


“The lava lamp shows the difference between conceptual physics and practical engineering. The principles behind how it works are well known and obvious, but actually getting substances to do what it does is another matter.”

“The psychedelic physics behind the lava lamp’s hypnotic goo,” Esther Inglis-Arkell, iO9


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