anamorphoscope


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anamorphoscope

(ˌænəˈmɔːfəˌskəʊp)
n
(General Physics) an optical device, such as a cylindrical lens, for correcting an image that has been distorted by anamorphosis
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anamorphoscope

a cylindrical mirror for correcting the distorted image created by anamorphism.
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Professor Svegli, explaining the 'Sfinciuno Itinerary', discusses the invention of the 'anamorphoscope', or 'more properly no doubt a paramorphoscope because it reveals worlds which are set to the side of the one we have taken, until now, to be the only world given us' (p.
It contains 24 examples of anamorphic art (from an antique set in the Gold Collection at the Museum of the City of New York) and a sample sheet of mylar that can be rolled into an anamorphoscope (a reflective cylinder--a very popular children's toy in the nineteenth century) for the viewing of this mathematical artistic oddity.