Posted by: Kenn Hermann | October 20, 2006

Successful Invisibility Experiement Old News

In a paper published today in the journal Science, researchers David Schurig and David R. Smith report their success in making a copper cylinder invisible. They accomplished this by building an artificial mirage of metamaterials that deflected microwaves around the cylinder, making it invisible to the observer. Well, this sounds complicated and awe-inspiring, but a unique break-through in human ingenuity? Hardly. I have had numerous students over many years who have perfected the art of becoming invisible. They do cast a faint shadow when entering the room, but once settled into their seats, they are, for all practical purposes, invisible for 50 minutes at a time. Incredible — and done without NSF funding.

Hmmm, what is the verb form of ‘invisible’? invisiblize’? ‘invisiblate’? It would have been easier to say that the researchers ‘invisiblized’ the copper cylinder. Isn’t that what they did?


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