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Scratching my Head

I was amazed to see that people have still been regularly coming to the blog, even though I haven't been updating it much. Thanks.
It's been a crazy half-year, and will be right up until Christmas. So busy, in other words. I will keep posting things here over time, but it was always a sort of online diary and record of ideas, rather than a traditional blog, so there will be patches where nothing much happens, either because I'm too busy, or because I don't have anything to write!

A Village Lost and Found

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Still finishing off the suggested new theory of 3D vision, had a lot on. Shouldn't take too much longer, on the off chance anybody is interested.
In the meantime go out and buy Brian May's new book, A Village Lost and Found. May has been an avid stereo photo collector and student for decades, when he wasn't a rock star and physicist (the money from his music funded his collecting). As part of his collecting he discovered a pioneer of stereo photography, T.R.Williams, who had produced many stereo photographs at a time (the 1850s) when photography itself was very new. The book above shows an entire series Williams created of village life in the 1850s, and also describes the techniques and theory of stereoscopy.
As a huge bonus the book includes its own stereoscope, which May designed himself, that can be used to view any stereo photos, not just those in the book. Stereoscopes were invented in Victorian England, and still give the richest of any 3D experience. They're ess…