Illusions, Magic, Puzzles and Paradoxes to Stimulate and Inspire the Curious Mind
Published Date : December 19, 2012
Al Seckel is internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities and authors on visual and sensory illusions. In this volume, Seckel provides over 200 examples of the most powerful illusions known, many of which appear here for the first time. This book also presents powerful auditory illusions, which were not formerly presentable in a traditional printed format.
Some of the illusions are so convincing that you may perceive nothing wrong with, or strange, about them. Only after you have read the explanation of the illusion, will you develop an awareness that your perceptual system is misleading you. Even then, the effect can be so powerful that you may doubt the written description! This volume focuses primarily on representative illusions and their explanations which provide insights into how our perceptions are formed, and showcase recent work in vision and perception laboratories worldwide, along with the author’s own original contributions to the field. The field of cognitive science has been rapidly undergoing a revolution, and it is exciting to experience it here.
Illusions are a wonderful window into perception, because they can reveal the hidden constraints and rules of the perceptual system in a way that our normal perceptual processing does not.
The rich assortment of presented illusions can be appreciated by people of all ages, backgrounds, and professions. It will act as a handy reference tool for artists, as well as any serious student and researcher of human perception. The explanations are augmented by many video interviews with leading scientists, some made especially for this volume. Hear Eye Fooled You contains interviews relating to perception with such noted scientists as Richard Feynman, Vilyanur Ramachandran, Arthur Shapiro, Roger Penrose, Jerry Andrus, and Richard Gregory.
The purpose of this eBook is to provide an enjoyable experience for the reader while sparking their intellectual and creative thinking, and that’s no illusion!
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Al Seckel is one of the world’s leading experts on visual and sensory illusions and how they relate to the underlying mechanisms of sensory perception. He has lectured extensively on this subject throughout the world at many of the most prestigious universities and venues. He is the author of several best-selling and award-winning books on the science of visual illusions and perception, as well as desktop and wall calendars, and all manner of merchandise. He has also been active in designing and building interactive galleries on illusions and perception for science and discovery museums throughout the world.
Seckel also has a tremendous passion for delightful recreations of the mind, which include puzzles, impossible objects, origami, mazes, creative toys, magic, and mathematical recreations.