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The Doctors, Physicists, and Mathematicians Who Made the Movies

We told you about how Eadweard Muybridge came up with the first set of moving photographs, which started the age of motion pictures. But way before that, we had animation, or moving drawings. There were quite a few gadgets in the 19th century that produced these moving pictures: the optical toys known as the Thaumatrope, [...]

Knitted Zoopraxiscope Cap

In 1878, photographer Eadweard Muybridge settled a wager made on a widely-debated question: do all four hooves of a horse leave the ground when it runs? Muybridge set up a line of cameras, each of which was triggered when the horse ran into strings placed across its path. The resulting images settled the debate (all [...]