Optical Illusions: The Science of Visual Perception

Optical Illusions: The Science of Visual Perception

Hardback Illusion Works

By (author) Al Seckel


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  • Publisher: FIREFLY BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 231mm x 257mm x 28mm | 1,429g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2009
  • ISBN 10: 1554071720
  • ISBN 13: 9781554071722
  • Sales rank: 1,109,027

Product description

This intriguing collection contains more than 275 optical illusions that appear to change before your eyes. Al Seckel carefully selected both well-known images, such as Shepard's tabletop, Wade's spiral, Ames room and Rubin's face/vase, and many lesser-known, but no less effective, illusions. Every type of optical illusion is here, along with notes about the science of each visual perception and how the illusions work. Among the baffling images and shapes are: Figure/ground illusions, in which one shape switches into another then back again Ambiguous figures Impossible objects Trompe l'oeil Stereo illusions. With illusions rendered in photography, artwork and computer imaging, and a huge variety of themes and effects, Optical Illusions dazzles both the mind and the eye.

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Author information

Formerly at the California Institute of Technology, Al Seckel is a leading authority on visual and other types of sensory illusions. He is the author of 15 books on this subject, including the classic "The Great Book of Optical Illusions." He is also well-known for his illusion column in "National Geographic Kids" magazine.

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Highly entertaining. -- Jodi DeLong "Halifax Chronicle Herald" (12/10/2006)