Ambiguous cylinder illusion

Friday, July 1, 2016

Mathematician Kokichi Sugihara's Ambiguous Cylinder Illusion won the second prize at the 2016 edition of the Best Illusion of the Year Contest.

The direct views of the objects and their mirror images generate quite different interpretations of the 3D shapes. They look like vertical cylinders, but their sections appear to be different; in one view they appear to be rectangles, while in the other view they appear to be circles. We cannot correct our interpretations although we logically know that they come from the same objects. Even if the object is rotated in front of a viewer, it is difficult to understand the true shape of the object, and thus the illusion does not disappear.
Illusion Of The Year
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