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Seeing the Unseen:
The Life and Work of Harold Edgerton

    Seeing the Unseen was a Center for Educational Computing Initiatives project commemorating the life and work of the late Prof. Harold E. (Doc) Edgerton, the astute scientist and inventor of stroboscopic photography who helped the world see many things previously unseen through his famous images.

    The initial project -- an interactive multimedia kiosk exhibit that was installed at the George Eastman House, in Rochester, New York -- was a collaborative effort of The Edgerton Foundation, the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography, CECI, and the MIT Museum.

    A CD-ROM featuring a gallery of 150 of Edgerton's most striking images was included with a 1994 MIT Press book called "Seeing the Unseen: Dr. Harold E. Edgerton and the Wonders of Strobe Alley," produced by George Eastman House and curator James Sheldon. CECI also developed a database for the management of the MIT Museum's Edgerton Collection, and a "Client Server," which made the collection electronically available to the public.

    In 1999, the team at CECI contributed to the production of "Exploring the Art and Science of Stopping Time," an MIT Press CD-ROM based on Doc Edgerton's life and work.

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