How a scottish scientists invention influenced 19th-century american decorative art. On combinations of four mirrors forming a square. The kaleidoscope was first released as a joint venture between brewster and carpenter in 1817. The early models were much the same as the toy remains today. Invented in 1815 by sir david brewster, an influential and entrepreneurial advocate of science, the kaleidoscope caused a sensation throughout europe and. Kaleidoscope is an optical toy used to see constantly changing patterns on the. David brewster, a scottish inventor, invented kaleidoscope on july 10, 1817.
It was not until centuries later, however, that this optical phenomenon was encased in one small tube and given a name. Kaleidoscope is a popular toy invented by sir david brewster in 1816. The word kaleidoscope comes from a greek phrase meaning to view a. Scottish inventor sir david brewster created the kaleidoscope in 1815 when he was doing experiments on light polarization. Scotsman sir david brewster from was the inventor of the kaleidoscope. Illustrations from brewsters a treatise on the. .