Helmholtz at 200

Nicholas J. Wade (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Hermann von Helmholtz was born 200 years ago, but his influence on vision research is enduring. His legacy in vision is celebrated visually with anaglyphs that combine portraits of him with illustrations from his publications. Emphasis is directed principally to his Treatise on Physiological Optics. Among the optical instruments Helmholtz invented were the ophthalmoscope, ophthalmometer, and telestereoscope. Mention is made of his investigations into accommodation, colour vision, eye movements, stereoscopic vision, binocular rivalry, and lustre. Helmholtz also presented his analyses of vision and art in several of his Popular Lectures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
Issue number4
Early online date2 Jul 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021


  • anaglyphs
  • art
  • Helmholtz
  • lustre
  • physiological optics
  • rivalry
  • stereopsis
  • vision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence


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