A colorized view of Saturn in ultraviolet light [270-470 nm]. Credit: NASA and E. Karkoschka [University of Arizona].
The kaleidoscope was invented in 1816 by Sir David Brewster, a Scottish physicist and Christian minister. The origin of the word kaleidoscope speaks to the splendid images. Kaleidoscope finds its roots in the Greek word kalos meaning beautiful, the Indo-european eidos that means form, and scope that is Greek for to see.