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This book tells the astonishing and sometimes controversial story of the birth of STEREOSCOPY, the phenomenon we now call 3-D, which entranced Victorian society and is the great-grandparent of today’s VIRTUAL REALITY. Peering into a small, dark, magical box (a STEREOSCOPE!) an eager new audience in the 1850s was transported into another dimension. The immersive realism of 3-D beckoned to them to experience the far-flung wonders of the world without ever leaving their fireside. It was as if they were actually there amongst the Great Pyramids of Giza, or looking up at the Matterhorn, or standing in the rice fields of China.
Title: STEREOSCOPY - The Dawn of 3-DAuthors: Denis Pellerin and Brian MayPages: 216, 300 photographs, 150 in 3-DSize [mm]: 325 x 240Publish date: 10th November, 2021ISBN: 978-1-8381645-0-8OWL Stereoscope includedPrice: £60
They could, virtually, meet their heroes, such as Brunel and Dickens, and they could enjoy current events at close quarters, such as the construction of Brunel’s Great Eastern ship on the banks of the Thames, the exhibition of the relics from Sir John Franklin’s disastrous expedition to find the North-West passage, or the celebratory visit to the UK of the legendary “General” Tom Thumb..
In these pages you will find for the first time the FULL account of the first 30 years of this extraordinary scientific, artistic and social revolution that was started by Charles Wheatstone, Professor of Experimental Philosophy at King’s College London, before the dawn of photography!
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