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The Amazing Work of Kokichi Sugihara

Can a ball roll uphill against gravity?  How can the reflection of a circle in a mirror appear as a rectangle?  Is it possible that an arrow, when rotated 180 degrees, continues to point in its original direction?  Join Kokichi Sugihara, Meiji University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, as he shares one incredibly impossible object after another.  Prepare to be amazed as Dr. Sugihara demonstrates how his clever illusions fool the brain and how math underlies the engineering of each paradoxical illusion.

Reflection of ring shape in mirror

Kokichi Sugihara received a Doctorate in Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1980 and worked at the Electrotechnical Laboratory in the Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Japan, Nagoya University and at the University of Tokyo before moving to Meiji University in 2009.  His research area is mathematical engineering.  While conducting research on computer vision, Dr. Sugihara discovered a method for constructing 3D objects from “impossible figures,” extending his research interest to human vision and optical illusion.  He is now considered one of the world’s top illusion artists, having won first prize three times (2010, 2013, and 2018) and second prize twice (2015 and 2016) in the Best Illusion of the Year Contest.

Reflection of cylinder in mirror

August 13, 2019 6:30 pm   through   7:30 pm
National Museum of Mathematics
11 E. 26th St.
New York, NY 10010
United States
Phone: 212-542-0566
Event Fee(s)
event fee $ 20.00

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