We discuss the popular question concerning the difference in weight between 1 kg of iron and 1 kg of feathers, by taking into account the non-trivial aspect of the semantic interpretation of 'weight' and the weighting procedure. The inclusion of air buoyancy makes the correct answer an interesting one. We describe and comment on the experimental setup needed to obtain such an answer.

The weight of iron and feathers

Oss, Stefano;Zendri, Giuliano;Gratton, Luigi
2014

Abstract

We discuss the popular question concerning the difference in weight between 1 kg of iron and 1 kg of feathers, by taking into account the non-trivial aspect of the semantic interpretation of 'weight' and the weighting procedure. The inclusion of air buoyancy makes the correct answer an interesting one. We describe and comment on the experimental setup needed to obtain such an answer.
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Oss, Stefano; Zendri, Giuliano; Gratton, Luigi
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