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Most recent answer: 10/22/2007
Describe tests that will demonstrate the operation of a strobeoscope.
- Jayson (age 14)
Huron High, Huron, OH

Hi Jayson,

This question touches on the interesting subjects of photography, motion, and periodic sampling. The earliest mention of the word "stroboscope" (which matches my dictionary's etymology of the word: strobo(s) (Greek), meaning "whirling" and scope (Greek) "to look at") appears to have been from Simon Ritter von Stampfer of Vienna who made a device from two turning wheels, one with pictures of an animated sequence, and one with shutter slits in it.  An easy do-it-yourself project is to build an LED stroboscope.


(published on 10/22/2007)

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