Before entering fully into the definition of the term kaleidoscope, it is necessary to proceed to know its etymological origin. In this case, it must be established that it comes from Greek and is the result of the sum of three components of that language:
-The word "kálos", which is synonymous with "beautiful."
-The noun "eidos", which can be translated as "image".
-The word "skopein" which is equivalent to "see."
Kaleidoscope it is a term that refers to a tube which has several inside Mirrors , which are inclined. At one end of the kaleidoscope there are two sheets of glass : between them, different irregular objects and different colors . When you turn the tube and look at the opposite end, the images of these objects between the glass sheets are multiply symmetrically .
Kaleidoscopes usually contain three mirrors , arranged as a triangular shaped prism that reflects towards the internal sector. According to the angular arrangement of the mirrors, more or less images of the objects that are located between the translucent glass sheets are multiplied. If the mirrors are 45º apart, when the person Look at the end of the kaleidoscope you will find eight images that are duplicated.
The presence of less or more mirrors inside the tube modify the visual effects that the kaleidoscope can produce. Since this device was created in 1816 by the Scottish scientist David Brewster (born in 1781 and died in 1868 ), became a very popular toy across the planet.
In addition to all of the above, we cannot ignore other data of interest such as the following:
-One of the types of kaleidoscopes is the so-called teleidoscope. This instead of having a sheet is presented with a translucent magnifying lens. What it does is create images by multiplying in the mirrors what is the set of elements that are outside.
-When its creator patented it, we have already mentioned that it became a toy with enormous success. However, we do not have to overlook the fact that because it was so easy to be able to do it, there were many competitors that came out. And is that many entrepreneurs began to make it and put it on sale.
-At home you can even shape that kaleidoscope. It will only be necessary to have cardboard tubes, mirrors or even CDs that are no longer used, cardboard and acetate circles, glue, decorative paper, colored beads and adhesive tape.
In the same way, this term has been used to name a Spanish film and television producer called Caleidoscopio Films.
In a symbolic sense, the idea of kaleidoscope - which can also be mentioned as kaleidoscope - is used to name a set consisting of heterogeneous and variable elements . For example: “Our theater offers a musical kaleidoscope to neighbors”, "The writer presents a kaleidoscope of extreme experiences in his new book of chronicles", “The coach designed a kaleidoscope of strategies to adapt to the different situations that will be presented to the team during the tournament”.