Abstract

In the 1870s, Leland Stanford allegedly wagered $25,000 to prove the theory that all four of a horse’s hooves leave the ground when it travels at a gallop. While the anecdote is largely considered to be untrue, the wager has been repeatedly refuted across close to a century of writing on Stanford and Eadweard Muybridge’s role in the development of motion pictures. In examining the disavowal of the wager myth, this article argues the refutations illustrate contradictions between science and representation that remain central to the history of motion-picture technology.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1553-3905
Print ISSN
0892-2160
Pages
pp. 112-130
Launched on MUSE
2018-02-09
Open Access
No
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