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Necker cube




Necker cube
A classic example of an ambiguous figure. In 1832, the Swiss crystallographer Louis Necker noticed, while examining crystals, that three-dimensional objects can fluctuate in appearance. He published pictures of an unusual cube that appeared to assume different orientations as one looked at it. The effect works because the drawing of the cube (an orthographic projection) carefully eliminates all depth cues. In attempting to fit the expected model of a cube to the picture, our brain must resolve the ambiguity as to which corner of the cube is closer.


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