Jim Bales

Jim Bales

High-Speed Imaging
TEDxBeaconStreet 2013


A strobe light can freeze an instant in time onto an image, showing us the splash of a raindrop, the instant a balloon pops, or even capturing a bullet in flight. In this talk from the Assistant Director of the MIT Edgerton Center, learn how to take photos of events that are faster than the eye can see.


Dr. Jim Bales has, over the years, studied the optical properties of semiconductors, built robot submarines, debugged assembly language programs while seasick, traveled as far north as Greenland and as far south as Tasmania, and taught electronics and high-speed imaging. He is a husband and father, and teaches at MIT.