I, Science – Goggle vision

Feature, May 16th 2013

IMAGE: Ashfield swim school, www.timbauerphoto.com

IMAGE: Ashfield swim school, www.timbauerphoto.com

Humans might be the dominant species on land, but we’ve fared less well underwater, partly due to our inability to see clearly. This meant a world of adventure was inaccessible to us until the invention of the humble swimming goggles. When this happened is unclear, but 16th century paintings show Venetian coral divers using rudimentary goggles made with wood and polished glass. We’ve come a long way since then: now goggles are designed by computers and made out of the most advanced materials. But why do we need them in the first place?

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