The kaleidoscope is an optical instrument that creates colorful, symmetrical patterns by reflecting and refracting light through a series of mirrors and lenses. It was invented in 1816 by Scottish physicist and inventor Sir David Brewster.
Brewster was experimenting with light polarization when he stumbled upon the idea for the kaleidoscope. He found that by reflecting light through a prism and then through a series of mirrors, he could create beautiful, symmetrical patterns. Brewster was so fascinated by the patterns that he immediately set to work developing a prototype of the kaleidoscope. His original kaleidoscope was a simple tube with two or three mirrors placed at one end, with objects such as pieces of colored glass and beads placed at the other end. When the tube was rotated, the objects inside would reflect off the mirrors, creating intricate patterns that would change as the tube was turned.
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