How to Make Applesauce at MIT

Img and the brilliant title via BPL photostream.

1964 photograph by Doctor Harold Edgerton, professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Edgerton contributed to the early development of stroboscopic photography, using strobe lights to capture everyday motion.

Edgerton got interested in stroboscopic photography while working on a tricky electric motor for his doctoral thesis work (also at MIT). He rigged up a mercury vapor lamp that lit each time the motor made a revolution. This illuminated the motor so that it appeared to stand still and Edgarton could properly study the task at hand.

Edgerton eventually made it his mission to capture motion invisible to the human eye on film. Using stroboscopic photography, he captured iconic images of drops of milk, speeding bullets and flying birds. Edgarton would also make forays into underwater photography.

Nonetheless, he famously said: “Don’t make me out to be an artist. I am an engineer. I am after the facts, only the facts.”

You can page through more of Doc Edgerton’s lab notebooks and images here.

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