Holograms for Enthusiasts

Sean F. Johnston

in Holograms

Published in print December 2015 | ISBN: 9780198712763
Published online November 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191781131 | DOI:
Holograms for Enthusiasts

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This chapter traces the growing networks of modern amateurism to explain how enthusiasts became engaged with viewing and making holograms. The rising popular appeal of holograms had strong historical antecedents. Earlier contexts had defined a cultural space for the technical enthusiast and amateur scientist, and ensured that holograms could influence wider publics. Holograms were to become the paradigm expression of postwar ideals, and enthusiasts set out to master them. During the late 1960s, exploratory American research, funded by government departments and a constellation of corporations, inspired a handful of enthusiasts and hobbyists, but few could marshal the necessary resources or sustain independent activity. A network of publications and supply companies was already in place, though, to encourage and support hologram pastimes. Like earlier enthusiasts of electronics and telescope-making, hologram experimenters followed their curiosity, were coached by mentors and developed skills for future careers.

Keywords: amateur; enthusiast; hobbyist; non-professional; supply companies; war surplus; postwar; telescope-making; electronics

Chapter.  8202 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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