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Mirror Mirror: A History of How the Human Fascination with Reflective Surfaces Has Led to Inward Contemplation and Outward Exploration of the Universe

Presented by: Mark Pendergrast  (n/a)
Category: Special Interest   Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes   Broadcast date: March 24, 2009
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Of all human inventions, the mirror is perhaps the most intriguing, since it is so closely connected to our own consciousness, reflecting both reality and illusion. As our first technology for self-contemplation, the mirror is arguably as important an invention as the wheel and perhaps even more universal (the Incas, who had mirrors, did not invent wheels). Mirror Mirror is the fascinating story of the mirror's invention, refinement, and use in an astonishing range of human activities -- from the bloodthirsty smoking gods of the Aztecs to the fantastic mirrored rooms wealthy Romans created for their orgies, to the mirror's key role in gathering light from the far reaches of the universe.

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