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Le cœur mis à nu - continued...

But Czermak not only wanted his audience to see these movement-images, he wanted readers of the published lecture to see them as well. For this purpose, he designed a black disk with white points and lines.

Illustration: Czermak, 1879 Illustration: Czermak, 1879

When mounted on an axis, the cut-out disk (provided with slots at its periphery) allowed the reader to reproduce the movement of the light ray in the lecture hall. In front of a mirror, in a living room, for example, the view from the back side of the rotating disk through the slots depicted the up-and-down of the light spots induced by the movement of the beating frog heart.

Reference: Schmidgen, Henning. 2001. Le cœur mis à nu. Movement-Images in Experimental Physiology, 1830-1860.. The Virtual Laboratory (ISSN 1866-4784), http://vlp.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/references?id=art4&page=p0006