Viral Science: Einstein or Monroe Optical Illusion

I am now free from exams, so aim to get my writing back on track. As a way of easing myself back into this post features a very cool scientific optical illusion. Now who do you see if you look at the image below? The father of modern physics or Hollywood’s most iconic sex symbol?

At normal distance from the screen you should see the face  Albert Einstein. However, if you  squint your eyes or move away from the screen. Marylin Monroe should be visible in the image instead. It is also said that those with short sightedness will see Monroe instead of Einstein initially. However, not having short sightedness I am unable to vouch for this!

So now you have successfully changed Einstein into Marilyn. Here is her famous performance of ‘I Wanna Be Loved By You’ from Some Like it Hot (1959), if you were able to switch between the two in this I image Einstein would give a rather different performance…. 

The image was originally created for a 2007 issue of New Scientist

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9 thoughts on “Viral Science: Einstein or Monroe Optical Illusion

  1. I can vouch for it! I’m short sighted. With my glasses on, I see Einstein; without, a very fuzzy person that sorta looks like Marilyn!

  2. Great job! It also works with scale.
    Just did a Google image search for “Einstein” and was intrigued to see a photograph of Marilyn Monroe.
    What was their relationship?
    On closer inspection, the slightly larger hover picture revealed Albert Einstein.
    As with most optical illusions, the blow-away first impression goes after you know what it is, but an excellent job nonetheless.
    Now there’s another dirty word: “job”

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