Lay a postcard bent lengthways on the table. You would certainly think that it would be easy to overturn the card if you blew hard underneath it. Try it! However hard you blow, the card will not rise from the table. On the contrary, it clings more firmly. Daniel Bernoulli, a Swiss scientist of the eighteenth century, discovered that the pressure of a gas is lower at higher speed. The air stream produces a lower pressure under the card, so that the normal air pressure above presses the card on to the table.