"Who would believe that so small a space could contain the image of
all the universe? O mighty process! What talent can avail to
penetrate a nature such as these? What tongue will it be that can
unfold so great a wonder? Verily, none! This it is that guides the
human discourse to the considering of divine things. Here the
figures, here the colors, here all the images of every part of the
universe are contracted to a point. O what a point is so marvelous!"
--Leonardo Da Vinci's comments on the "Camera Obscura" (Dark Room),
or what we today call the pinhole camera.
from The Amateur Photographer's Handbook
by Aaron Sussman
Thomas Y. Crowell Company: 1962
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