What is a Kaleidoscope?


Kaleidoscopes are long tubes, filled with many mirrors. When looking through it, you see many colours. What seems to be a LSD trip, is actually a lot of reflections inside the tube. Kaleidoscopes work by multiple reflections inside the tube. Putting all the mirrors at a 45 degree angle creates 8 images of the same thing. As the tube is rotated, the angles creates colourful, circular images.

How to Make a Kaleidoscope!

Modern kaleidoscopes are made of brass tubes, stained glass, wood, steel, fruit or almost any material! The part that has the object inside is called the "Object Cell". For anything other than stained glass, water or clear liquid is put in the tubes to rotate the colourful objects.

The History of The Kaleidoscope!

The Inventor of the Kaleidoscope was Sir David Brewster. He thought of the idea in 1815, while doing experiments on light. The idea wasn't patented for another. The initial idea was to put a pair of mirrors in the end of a tube and a translucent disk, and beads between the two. After the patent was accepted, he went on a trip to sell his new object. He sold over two hundred thousand while in Paris and London. Intended as a science tool, the kaleidoscope was selling to children, as a toy!

The "Current" Kaleidoscope!

The Kaleidoscope today is a very amusing toy. It's fun to just look into this randomly designed tube and see the swirling madness of colours as they besiege your eyes.

Many museums carry ancient kaleidoscopes because they were the tool of the century.