Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

tags: , , , , , ,

In this video, wooden balls roll up the slopes just as if they are pulled by a magnet. The behavior of the balls seems impossible, because it is against gravity. The video is not a computer graphic, but a real scene.

What is actually happening is that the orientations of the slopes are perceived oppositely, and hence the descending motion is misinterpreted as ascending motion. This illusion is remarkable in that it is generated by a three-dimensional solid object and physical motion, instead of a two-dimensional picture.

This illusion, created by Koukichi Sugihara of the Meiji Institute for Advanced Study of Mathematical Sciences in Japan, was voted as the Top 10 finalist of the Best Visual Illusion of the Year Contest 2010.


  1. #1 mxh
    May 13, 2010

    That’s pretty damn sweet. Those “Best Visual Illusion of the Year Contest” entries are pretty cool.

  2. #2 Barbyr
    May 14, 2010

    M.C. Escher would be proud!

New comments have been disabled.