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In this Pete Smith Specialty, Dr. Harold E. Edgerton demonstrates stroboscopic photography, which he helped develop. This process allows us to see in slow motion what happens during events that occur too fast to be seen by the naked eye. Examples shown here include a bullet in flight as it shatters a light bulb, the moment of impact when a kicker kicks a football, and a the motion of a hummingbird's wings as it hovers. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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How slow motion allows us to see moments the eye cannot detect...
6 February 2010 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Harold E. Edgarton invented a stroboscopic camera that allows us to see such things as the moment of impact when a football is kicked, a bullet as it shatters an electric light, a cat lapping milk with its tongue forked downward and curled below to scoop up the milk, a dentist drilling a tooth as bits of enamel fly around, and a man driving a golf ball through a telephone book.

This Pete Smith Specialty is one of their more serious attempts to enlighten us on how things really happen but escape detection from the human eye.

What I missed was seeing Dave O'Brien doing his physical pratfalls and assorted acrobatics, so this was of minor interest to me.


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