Now You See It, Now You Don't: The Amazing World of Optical Illusions

Now You See It, Now You Don't: The Amazing World of Optical Illusions

by Seymour Simon, Constance Ftera
     
 

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This classic book on optical illusions explores dozens of visual riddles about distance, depth, brightness, contrast, and color. Newly designed and filled with more than eighty illustrations -- plus eight full-color pages of optical illusions -- Now You See It, Now You Don't lets youngsters see for themselves why they can't always believe their eyes!See more details below

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Overview

This classic book on optical illusions explores dozens of visual riddles about distance, depth, brightness, contrast, and color. Newly designed and filled with more than eighty illustrations -- plus eight full-color pages of optical illusions -- Now You See It, Now You Don't lets youngsters see for themselves why they can't always believe their eyes!

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The previous edition of this book in 1976 was titled "The Optical Illusion Book," and in this revised edition, Simon brings the amazing world of optical illusions up to date. He showssome of the secrets behind many classical illusions and explains their reasons. The section on optical illusions in classical art is illuminating, and the various drawings and puzzlingillustrations challenge the mind. Simon is one of the most prolific writers on scientific data for young people, and this book certainly meets his standards.
Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
Eight full-page color plates decorate the middle of this very readable and informative look at optical illusions. Revised from an earlier edition, Simon discusses the what, why, and how of optical illusions. Readers who are just looking for the "Oh Wow!" experience will find much to be awed by in the color insert as well as the many black-and-white drawings found on the text-filled pages. Students out to learn more about the brain/eye connection will also find much here. The well-written text discusses both the physiology and the function of both organs separately and together. Readers will even find some new information about cultural diversity and how it affects what we see. The last chapter, "Optical Illusions in Art" is the only real disappointment-the text clearly explains some illusions in paintings by the masters, but the accompanying black and white reproductions of those paintings are too dark and fuzzy to effectively illustrate the point. Regardless, Mr. Simon's work, as always, sheds a lot of light on a fascinating field. 1998 (orig.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688161521
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
1,453,741
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile:
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Seymour Simon has been called "the dean of the [children's science book] field" by the New York Times. He has written more than 250 books for young readers and has received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children's science literature, the Science Books & Films Key Award for Excellence in Science Books, the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people, and the Educational Paperback Association Jeremiah Ludington Award. He and his wife, Liz, live in Great Neck, New York. You can visit him online at www.seymoursimon.com, where you can read "Seymour Science Blog" and download a free four-page teacher guide to accompany this book, putting it in context with Common Core objectives. Many of Seymour's award-winning books are also available as ebooks.

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