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Science of Illusions

by Jacques Ninio Cornell University Press
Pub Date:
04/2001
ISBN:
9780801437700
Format:
Pbk 224 pages
Price:
AU$67.00 NZ$71.30
Product Status: Available in Approx 14 days
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Jacques Ninio, an international authority on visual perception, here explores the fascinating world of illusions. His book features a stunning array of illustrations including many images seldom seen in books on the topic. The art ranges from classical illusions inspired by rainbows, mirages, and other oddities of nature; to figures from seventeenth-century physics texts which Ninio himself unearthed; to spectacular new illustrations in which motion is perceived in fixed images. Clearly and engagingly written, the book advances human understanding of phenomena that puzzle our vision or confuse the other senses.For the nonscientist, illusions show that the senses are unreliable. Ninio demonstrates that paradoxical images and auditory effects are in fact clues that reveal the methods used by the brain to interpret sensory data. He gives examples of the various types of illusions, explains their underlying logic, and shows their value for neurological and physiological research. Ninio also considers the reasons people have, for centuries, created illusions. He discusses the long history of scientific and philosophical scholarship involving these phenomena and provides insights on their cultural significance. Ninio's richly rewarding book will satisfy professional scientists and readers of popular science alike.
''Clearly and engagingly written, The Science of Illusions advances human understanding of phenomena that puzzle our vision or confuse the other senses.''-www.techdirections.com, November 2001
Jacques Ninio is Senior Research Scientist at the Centre National des Recherches Scientifiques in Paris. He is the author of several books, including Molecular Approaches to Evolution. For almost a decade he has worked to create images that present challenges for current theories of visual perception. Franklin Philip has translated many books from French, including The Statue Within, an autobiography of Fran├žois Jacob.