How 33 ancient, familiar and new optical illusions work, with 150 examples.
The New Book of Optical Illusions is a mind-bending collection of 150 of the most significant optical phenomena, loosely grouped into 33 chapters according to particular visual effect.
An optical illusion has two elements. One is the perceived illusion, what you see. It may be merging lines, moving shapes or conflicting sizes. The other element is the scientific explanation or neuronal basis of the illusion. Here enters The New Book of Optical Illusions, which describes the latter -- the science of an optical illusion.
Concise text describes the history of the optical illusions and their origin. Some are ancient (like a 3D Roman mosaic in a 2nd-century BC home on Malta) and others are modern (like emoticons and street art). There are rarely seen phenomena, works by great illusionists, like M.C. Escher, and well-known illusions like the Impossible Triangle and the Albert Einstein/Marilyn Monroe portrait.
Some of the illusions are:
Perfect for young and adult readers and enthusiasts of optical illusions, this is a great selection for circulating collections and retail customers.
Georg RÃ¼schemeyer is a freelance journalist. He studied biology in Germany and at the University of Colorado. He is now working for leading German magazines, including GEO, Frankfurter Allgemeine, Zeitung, and others. He lives in England.
Optical illusions are more than merely fun diversions. They also teach us how our eyes and brains work.
Humans are known to be visual creatures. What we see, however, is not an exact representation of our environment, but rather a mental construct that our brains piece together -- often made up of confused and incomplete information that appears before our eyes. In the process, we filter unimportant things out of our conscious perception and fill in the gaps to create a visual reality in which we can navigate effortlessly.
In real life, this works almost seamlessly. At times, however, we cannot trust our eyes, because they lead us to believe things that -- seen objectively -- cannot be. Such optical illusions are valuable instruments for studying the normal process of perception. And they are a lot of fun, too!
This book is not a scientific textbook. Rather, it is a collection of the most significant phenomena, loosely grouped together according to particular visual effects. Each phenomenon is illustrated with one or several striking examples. Main examples are indicated by red spirals and longer texts, while gray spirals and shorter texts indicate additional examples.
Totally Mind-Bending! (introduction)
1 Flashes from the Corner of the Eye