Tuesday, October 04, 2011

World War Two 3D photography

A BBC video showing how the Royal Air Force used 3D photography to discover German V-1 and V-2 rocket launchers. It's amazing how they used millions of photos for producing accurate 3D intelligence about Hitler's secret weapons.

At the time, rockets were unheard of and the biggest problem was how they were to search for something they didn't know what it looked like. It's an ancient problem, posed two thousand years ago by Plato in the Meno dialogue.
Meno. And how will you enquire, Socrates, into that which you do not know? What will you put forth as the subject of enquiry? And if you find what you want, how will you ever know that this is the thing which you did not know?

tags: detection, problem, solution, scale

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