Through the Looking-Glass

History Professor Michael Saler publishes an article on Lewis Carroll in the Wall Street Journal.

Lewis Carroll is the fairy godfather of virtual reality. His “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” published 150 years ago, transports adults and children alike to a world where imagination has no limits; its 1871 sequel, “Through the Looking-Glass,” dares readers to match the Red Queen’s record of believing in “as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” Taking his cue from Carroll, the Internet pioneer Ivan Sutherland proposed one such impossible thing in 1965: a computer simulation that “could literally be the Wonderland into which Alice walked.” Today, crafting such virtual worlds is nearly child’s play, thanks in part to a freeware program developed at Carnegie Mellon called “Alice.”

Read more in the Wall Street Journal.