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computing history question

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hello. A while ago i read about a man who was instrumental in developing digital technology. He was inspired by looking down at a ploughed field from a plane, and seeing how information could be conveyed as pixels. Does anyone know who this man was, or could elaborate on the story?

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I think that is an adaption of James Clerk Maxwell's field theory as used in physics, as that is where he got his inspiration from albeit he was standing in a ploughed field at the time and aeroplanes weren't invented
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