Optography: Image in a Dead Man's Eye


View of the retina. Richard Bergman/Corbis via Getty Images
View of the retina. Richard Bergman/Corbis via Getty Images

Pseudoscience often enters our world where magic fails us, seeming to make the impossible possible via the invocation of actual scientific and technological marvels. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Christian explore the unmistakably necromantic world of optography, a 19th century notion that the last images seen by the dead might be retrieved from the flesh and fluid of the eye.

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Topics in this Podcast: eyes, sight, biology, history, forensic science, Halloween 2017