In 1827 Charles Wheatstone described a device he called the ‘‘kaleidophone.’’ Its purpose was to illustrate the persistence of vision of the human eye, but it also provided a means of generating those curves that have come to be known as ‘‘Lissajous curves.’’ Wheatstone’s kaleidophone and related curve tracing apparatus will be described.
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Papers| August 01 1993
The Wheatstone kaleidophone
Robert J. Whitaker; The Wheatstone kaleidophone. Am. J. Phys. 1 August 1993; 61 (8): 722–728. https://doi.org/10.1119/1.17148
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