Optical Illusions: The Science of Visual Perception / Edition 3

Optical Illusions: The Science of Visual Perception / Edition 3

by Al Seckel
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Firefly Books, Limited
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Optical Illusions: The Science of Visual Perception / Edition 3

This fascinating collection of more than 300 visual puzzles and enigmatic designs will have you wondering exactly what you are seeing, from baffling shapes that change before your eyes to hidden figures and dazzling graphic patterns. Featured in four galleries, the book includes the well-known — Shepard's Tabletop, Wade's Spiral and Escher's Impossible Box — and the more obscure. Also included are notes about the stories behind the illusions and their inventors.

With a huge variety of themes and effects, every type of optical illusion is here: much-loved ground/field reversal images where one shape switches into another and back again, Escher's impossible crates, eternal spirals and much more. With illusions rendered in photography, artwork and computer imaging, The Great Book of Optical Illusions proves that these magical eye tricks never grow old. From a 12th-century Japanese Noh mask and optical tricks based on mathematical formulas, to illusions you can recreate yourself, all the world's most fascinating and startling optical illusions are here in one full color book.

About the author:

Al Seckel is one of the world's leading authorities on illusions. He has lectured extensively on the subject both in the United States and abroad, at venues which include many of the world's most prestigious universities. He is currently working on a comprehensive treatise on illusions for MIT, and designs interactive illusion and perception galleries for science museums all over the globe. He works in the Division of Computational and Neuronal Systems at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554071517
Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date: 01/01/2009
Series: Illusion Works
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 646,465
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents


Gallery I
Notes on Gallery I

Gallery II
Notes on Gallery II

Gallery III
Notes on Gallery III

Gallery IV
Notes on Gallery IV

Gallery V
Notes on Gallery V

Gallery VI
Notes on Gallery VI

Gallery VII
Notes on Gallery VII

Gallery VIII
Notes on Gallery VIII

Further Reading

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