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Animated Beginnings

The Belgian mathematician and physicist Joseph Antoine Ferdinand Plateau was born in Brussels on October 14, 1801.

Joseph Plateau

(October 14, 1801 – September 15, 1883)
Retouched daguerreotype by Albert Callisto

His invention, the ‘phenakistiscope’ was one of the first devices ever to create the illusion of a continuously moving image. He used a spinning disc.

The following example of such a disc was created by Eadweard Muybridge in 1893.

Dancers Spinning

Animation has come a long way since then, but this still looks pretty good!

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