What do you see when you look at the above image? The Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe, or the father of […]
What do you see when you look at the above image? The Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe, or the father of theoretical physics, Albert Einstein?
If you answered the Some Like it Hot actress, it might be time for you to visit an optician…
This amazing image looks like physicist Albert Einstein. However, move a few feet away from the screen and suddenly it’ll transform into Marilyn Monroe. The work of Aude Oliva and her colleagues at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the illusion was created in three steps.
First, the researchers obtained a photograph of Marilyn Monroe and removed the fine-grained facial features, such as any wrinkles or other blemishes.
Second, they obtained a photograph of Albert Einstein and removed the more coarse features, such as the shape of the mouth or nose.
Finally, the two images were superimposed on top of one another. Because the fine-grained features are visible close up, the image looks like Albert Einstein when you’re just a few inches away from the page. However, move a few feet away and suddenly only the coarse features are visible, magically transforming the image into Marilyn Monroe.