What Nokia Phones and a German Soccer Team Have in Common

The strange and winding saga that starts with bad futball players

jo livingstone
May 24, 2018 · 7 min read
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Nokia N8. Public domain.

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Left: FC Carl Zeiss Jena’s current logo. Credit: Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 4.0. Right: FC Carl Zeiss Jena vs FC Lok Leipzig during 1986–87 season. Credit: Kruczynski/ullstein image via Getty.
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Engraving of Carl Zeiss, as published in Felix Auerbach’s book “Das Zeisswerk und die Carl-Zeiss-Stifftung” in Jena, 1907. Public domain — 1923.
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Diagram of a compound microscope. Credit: Fountains of Bryn Mawr/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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How do we see around something that we see through? Lenses are everywhere and they are close to our faces. On the suspicion that lenses are hiding something, culture writer and retired academic Jo Livingstone presents untold stories from the history of optical science.

How do we see around something that we see through? Lenses are everywhere and they are close to our faces. On the suspicion that lenses are hiding something, culture writer and retired academic Jo Livingstone presents untold stories from the history of optical science.

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