January 27, 2020

Watch a Mathematician Effortlessly Fit a Large Circular Disk Through a Smaller Square Hole

Can a large circular disk fit through a small square hole? When you first picture it, it seems impossible. But thanks to Stanford University mathematician Tadashi Tokieda, you’ll see that it is possible and easier than you might think. In an enlightening video by Numberphile, he demonstrates this illusion by using a cork coaster and a sheet of paper with a square hole cut into the middle of it.

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December 17, 2019

These 10 Spellbinding Optical Illusions Are Considered the Best of 2019

For fifteen years, the Neural Correlate Society and Museum of the Mind have encouraged artists and scientists to submit their work to the Best Illusion of the Year contest. Each participant asked to create a short video of their illusion. This celebration of ingenuity and creativity showcases talent from around the world. This year’s competitive field was narrowed from ten finalists to the grand prize winner, who took home $3,000.

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October 1, 2019

Disney Characters Are Breaking Through Another Dimension in This Artist’s Sketchbooks

Have you ever wished your favorite cartoon characters were real? Italian artist Luigi Kemo Volo illustrates popular Disney icons to look as though they’re coming to life on paper. From Winnie the Pooh to Sleeping Beauty, he cleverly creates the illusion that each character is living between the lines of his writing pad. By redrawing straight, notebook lines in a variety of playful perspectives, Volo produces visual distortions across the flat surfaces of the page.

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July 31, 2019

Artist Transforms Ordinary Rooms into Hypnotic Optical Illusions with Repeating Lines

With his hypnotic room installations, renowned Austrian artist Peter Kogler transforms ordinary spaces and molds architecture into surreal environments for spectators. Influenced by American minimalism, Kogler’s lines are often reduced to black on white for maximum contrast and impact. Using both paint and projections, he creates his own unique “wallpaper” on spaces that are often forgotten—stairwells, entrance halls, corridors. Thus, he creates exhibition space out of architecture that would most often be disregarded.

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