Science: Getting the Big Picture

A giant museum camera captures masterpieces

Engineers have spared no effort in recent years trying to reduce the size of everything from computers to portable radios. But Edwin Land, developer of the Polaroid instant camera, has taken a giant step in the opposite direction. At an exhibit at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts this week, Land will show off one of the world's largest cameras, a room-sized blowup of his old invention that in only a minute can make a full-color, full-sized copy of a masterpiece.

Land's idea is not new. The camera...

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