The elusive Johann Joseph Oppel (1815–1894)

David Phillips, Nicholas J. Wade

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    Oppel is frequently cited for coining the term ‘geometrical optical illusions’ in 1855, but portrayals of him have rarely been sighted. We present a portrait of him and a brief description of his contributions to the study of illusions as well as other areas of sound and vision, particularly stereoscopy, colour, and motion. Despite the citations in the context of illusions, Oppel remains an elusive figure in the history of science.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)869-872
    Number of pages4
    Issue number9
    Early online date17 Sept 2014
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014


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