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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.


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)