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On the velocity of sound in water: theoretical aspects of Colladon’s nine-teenth century experiments

  title={On the velocity of sound in water: theoretical aspects of Colladon’s nine-teenth century experiments},
  author={Armand Wirgin},
  journal={arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics},
  • A. Wirgin
  • Published 10 October 2017
  • Physics
  • arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics
In 1827, Colladon carried out a series of experiments in Lac Leman (Lake Geneva, Switzerland) to measure the speed of sound in water. The purpose of our contribution is to treat this measurement as an inverse problem, and show, by theory how to solve the latter. It is thus revealed under what circumstances it is legitimate to employ the time-of-flight scheme underlying the Colladon experiments and how to bypass this scheme in order to fully account for the temporal and geometric… 

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