The ghost of Helioth and his stereoscope: the return of a phantom

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    Among the myths surrounding the invention of the stereoscope, that of Helioth stands as a supreme example of shoddy scholarship and its subsequent dissemination. Helioth was said to have made a simple stereoscope before Wheatstone presented his mirror stereoscope to the public in 1838. There is no evidence of Helioth's existence prior to a report in the mid-twentieth century, and despite attempts to dispel his ghost it has recently resurfaced.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1001-1002
    Number of pages2
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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