OSA | Living History

Taken in 1964, this is Harold Edgerton’s most famous picture. His knack for invention created the electronic flash--- allowing even the incredible speed of a bullet to be frozen in place.

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High Speed Photography

Edgerton’s stroboscopes and electronic flashes allowed him to chop up time and stop it.

He developed the electronic camera flash and side-scan sonar technology to scan the seafloor for shipwrecks.  The .30 bullet, traveling at 2,800 feet per second, pierced right through the apple, disintegrating the latter completely. (Photo: @ 2010 MIT. Courtesy of MIT Museum)

(Courtesy of © 2010 MIT. Courtesy of MIT Museum)