Kaleidoscopes Made With Big Mirrors
The familiar kaleidoscope toy was developed by the Scottish physicist David Brewster (1781–1868) in 1816, patented by him in 1817, and described in his 1819 book, A Treatise on the Kaleidoscope. Generations of elementary students have made their own kaleidoscopes by assembling three microscope slides inside a tube and looking through it at a series of randomly colored objects drawn on a piece of transparent plastic placed across the far end of the tube.
“Kaleidoscopes Made With Big Mirrors”, The Physics Teacher, 47, 334-335 (2009)
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