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How Fast Is Fast?—Harold "Doc" Edgerton

Learn about the stroboscope, a photography tool created by Harold "Doc" Edgerton

Learn about the stroboscope, a photography tool created by Harold "Doc" Edgerton

Called "the man who made time stand still," MIT Professor Harold "Doc" Edgerton delighted and amazed the world by retooling an obscure laboratory instrument and producing photographs that no one had ever seen before. Using a stroboscope, Edgerton captured moments in time that were too fast to be seen by the naked eye-the shattering of a light bulb, hummingbirds in flight, a drop of milk falling into liquid. Learn more about MIT's popular professor by watching this excerpt from the 1994 film How Fast is Fast?. Produced by MIT Video Productions for the Edgerton Foundation, the film showcases the motivations behind this remarkable engineer/educator as well as the novelty and beauty of his photography.

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