Remember when I mentioned the totally sweet ability of Petter to break glass by the sound of his voice ?
This anecdote actually had more impact on the scientific community than I would have thought. The Philologist Daniel Georg Morhof relates it (citing Nicholas Petter) in his correspondance to Henry Oldenburg and Robert Boyle, from the Royal society who unsuccessfully tried the same experiment afterward.
Morhof even wrote a complete article on the subject "DE SCYPHO VITREO PER CERTUM HUMANAE VOCIS SONUM FRACTO
Morhof's story is reported by Truesdell in "The rational mechanics of flexible or elastic bodies 1683-1788
" (page 119/120).
In a study of sound in nature, science and art of 1856, Georges Kastner reports (from the same Morhof source) that Petter was once able to break 25 glasses in half an hour.
How can we be sure it is the same Nicolaes Petter ?
1st. both are tavern keepers in 1670 in Amsterdam...the correlation is very tempting.
2nd, Morhof mentions Petter's (the glass-breaker) tavern to be a place named Gustavsburg, on Prinsengracht, the very place mentioned in Petter's (the wrestler) prologue.
If somebody reads latin better than I do, and would be able to translate Morhof's short paragraph about Petter, page 16 of the linked document, that would be cool.