By Tim Purtell
Updated June 01, 2007 04:00 AM

It’s not too farfetched to think of visionary photographer Eadward Muybridge as the George Lucas of his day. A bearded, imposing Englishman who emigrated to America in 1852, Muybridge was the first to break movement down into individual frames in his still-wondrous photos of human and animal locomotion; his zoopraxiscope, a forerunner to the modern projector, gave his images motion and electrified audiences on both continents. Oh, and he also shot his wife’s lover to death in a jealous rage, but emerged relatively unscathed by the scandal. Though occasionally slowed down by techy asides, Brian Clegg’s efficient biography The Man Who Stopped Time depicts a life ripe for a big-screen adaptation. B