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chapter iv: enhancing the eye

Seventeenth century scientists invented instruments that made it possible to enhance our ability to see the world. The earliest of these was the camera obscura, or 'dark chamber', which produced fascinating projections of real life. In addition to rare camera obscura, in this chapter you will see rare scientific books devoted to anatomy, microscopy and astronomy as well as early experiements in the science of photography.

image of camera obscura
Collection of Werner Nekes

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