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ERIC Number: EJ859350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Kaleidoscopes Made with Big Mirrors
Greenslade, Thomas B., Jr.
Physics Teacher, v47 n6 p334-335 Sep 2009
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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A