Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0023665, Wed, 13 Feb 2013 22:31:09 +0000

Newton's bodkin
An interesting early (1665) meaning of 'bodkin' (not discussed previously as far as I recall) leads to Newton and color perception self-mutilation...

"Scientists occasionally conduct experiments on themselves. Among the most famous was Isaac Newton's extraordinary method for probing the nature of colour. He stuck a bodkin, a long sewing needle with a blunt point, into his eye socket, between eye and bone, and recorded seeing coloured circles and other visual phenomena..."

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