Ilona Kovács
Department of Cognitive Science
Budapest University of Technology and Economics

BÉLA JULESZ AND "SCIENTIFIC BILINGUALISM"

Béla Julesz (1928-2003), known for his work in depth perception and pattern recognition, was an inspiring mentor to a whole generation of neuroscientists, and a pioneer in initiating interdisciplinary approaches in vision research. He originated new techniques (involving computer-generated random-dot stereograms, cinematograms, and textures) that led to a new field of perceptual research called "early vision." Julesz often emphasized the importance of "scientific bilingualism" in the creative process: "although science usually progresses unconsciously through overlapping fields of disciplines, more conscious contributions can be made if a scientist is willing to learn two remote disciplines..." (Julesz, B. Dialogues on Perception, 1995, MIT Press, pp. 20.)