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Wade, Nicholas J.

Works: 58 works in 316 publications in 4 languages and 11,769 library holdings
Genres: History  Popular works  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor
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Most widely held works by Nicholas J Wade
Visual perception : an introduction by Nicholas J Wade( )

46 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and held by 2,903 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Does the world appear the same to everyone? Does what we know determine what we see? Why do we see the world as we do? Vision is our most dominant sense. From the light that enters our eyes to the complex cognitive processes that follow, we derive most of our information about what things are, where they are, and how they move from our vision. Visual Perception takes a refreshingly different approach to this enigmatic sense. From the function that vision serves for an active observer, to the history of visual perception itself the third edition has been extensively revised, updated and expanded, while still preserving the essential features of historical context, neurophysiology and independent thought that made the earlier editions so engaging. Covering the perception of location, motion, object recognition and with up-to-date information on the workings of the visual brain, the 3rd edition looks at how our ideas have been shaped, not just by psychology, but by art, optics, biology and philosophy. The emphasis on understanding vision as a basis for action in the real world has also been expanded to cover seeing representations of all sorts, whether they are pictures or computer-generated displays. The 3rd Edition of Visual Perception is a readable, accessible and truly relevant introduction to the world of perception and will be welcomed by students of visual perception as well as anyone with a general interest in the mysteries and wonder of vision
Perception and illusion : historical perspectives by Nicholas J Wade( )

23 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and held by 1,434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The understanding of perception is central to our knowledge of the mind. Yet paradoxically, this understanding was born of centuries of fascination with errors of human perception. Perception and Illusion: Historical Perspectives elegantly retraces this scientific journey, not only in terms of its trials and errors but in its complex relationships with painting and medicine, philosophy and physics." "In this accessible volume, Nicholas Wade surveys over two millennia of scientific inquiry and research, describing the evolution of theories of light, sight, and illusion from early naturalistic observation to our sophisticated present-day experiments. Optics, physiology, and ophthalmology, are seen emerging from beneath the burden of tradition and dogma. So, too, do doctors and thinkers studying the senses become Practitioners devoted to specialized domains." "Perception and Illusion Historical Perspectives is illuminating reading for students of the history of psychology, optics, and medicine, and provides insights into the history and progress of science. In addition to charting these visual milestones, Wade reminds the reader in an articulate manner of perceptual controversies - including some of the most basic ones that have yet to be resolved."--Jacket
A natural history of vision by Nicholas J Wade( )

18 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 1,314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This illustrated survey covers what Nicholas Wade calls the 'observational era of vision', beginning with the Greek philosophers and ending with Wheatstone's description of the stereoscope at the end of the 1830s
Purkinje's vision : the dawning of neuroscience by Nicholas J Wade( )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 839 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is a study of one of the pioneers of neuroscience, Purkinje, who was a polymath of some stature in the Czech/German scientific community in the 19th century. He made a number of influential discoveries, but none of them as interesting as his earliest enquiries into vision. Vision and perception studies are very important in psychology, and this book will be appealing both for its scientific content and its historical information."--Jacket
Life script : how the human genome discoveries will transform medicine and enhance your health by Nicholas J Wade( Book )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 746 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With the decoding of the human genome, researchers can now read the script in which evolution has written the program for the design and operation of the human body. A new generation of medical treatments is at hand. Researchers are developing therapies so powerful that there is now no evident obstacle to the ancient goal of conquering most major diseases." "Nicholas Wade has covered the sequencing of the genome, as well as other health and science stories, for The New York Times, in the course of which he has interviewed many of the principal researchers in the field. In this book he describes what the genome means for the health of present and future generations."--Jacket
Visual allusions : pictures of perception by Nicholas J Wade( Book )

21 editions published between 1989 and 2017 in English and Spanish and held by 559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book a leading researcher and artist explores how we see pictures and how they can communicate messages to us, both directly and indirectly by making allusions to objects in space or to stored images in our minds. Dr Wade provides fascinating examples of pictures that communicate hidden messages, either by implying something else, or by a shape or portrait which is carried covertly within another design. He analyses image processing stages in vision, demonstrating that the various stages may be related to styles in representational art. He shows how the way we have been taught to look at and recognise objects, affects the way we see them
Galileo's visions : piercing the spheres of the heavens by eye and mind by Marco Piccolino( )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In a fascinating and accessible style, Marco Piccolino and Nick Wade analyse the scientific and philosophical work of Galileo Galilei from the particular viewpoint of his approach to the senses (and especially vision) as a means of acquiring trustworthy knowledge about the constitution of the world. For Galileo evidence from the senses was potentially ambiguous, hence reliable information capable of penetrating the complexity of reality could only be obtained by interpreting the sensory data critically. The philosophical background of Galileo's attitude to the senses was his awareness that nature had not developed a specific language aimed at communicating with senses generally and human senses in particular. Galileo's analysis of the senses corresponded closely to a fundamental tenet of modern sensory physiology and psychophysics - the absence in the world of specific sensory signals like sounds, colours, tastes, and odours."--Publisher's description
The art and science of visual illusions by Nicholas J Wade( Book )

11 editions published between 1982 and 1988 in English and Arabic and held by 481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Verzameling in begeleidende teksten geanalyseerde afbeeldingen van optische verschijnselen, gesuggereerd in zowel geometrische vormen als in door de kunststroming uit de zestiger jaren Op Art gelanceerde grafiek in zwart-wit
Psychologists in word and image by Nicholas Wade( Book )

14 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These perceptual portraits of more than 100 thinkers who have fashioned our understanding of mind and behavior provide an alternative view of the history of psychology. Francis Bacon, René Descartes, Pierre Broca, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Ruth Benedict, Allen Newell, David Marr and scores of others whose ideas have made psychology an empirical discipline emerge from motifs specifically drawn by the author or derived from a figure or text in one of the portrayed person's books, or an apparatus he or she invented. The treatment of portrait/motifs often challenges the viewer to discern the faces embedded in them and always tells us more than how these students of mind looked: these portraits reflect their thoughts and lead us to forage further into their lives and legacies. The portraits and motifs have been manipulated in a variety of ways, using graphic and photographic procedures. They are arranged in order of birth date in a format of one page of descriptive text facing a full-page perceptual portrait. The text presents a brief synopsis of the person portrayed, that person's ideas, and the source of both the portrait and the motif. Interrelations between people are stressed, bringing to light common threads that run through the work of particular groups. --From publisher's description
The Science times book of the brain( Book )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of articles from the last twenty years of the Science Times section of The New York Times newspaper on discoveries made about the physiology, psychology, and neurology of the brain, with chapters on senses, emotions, mood, memory, language, consciousness, dreams, medicine, and more
Betrayers of the truth by William J Broad( Book )

36 editions published between 1981 and 1989 in English and French and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geschiedenis van bedrog en zelfbedrog in het natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek
The moving tablet of the eye : the origins of modern eye movement research by Nicholas J Wade( Book )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Eye movements are a vital part of our interaction with the world. They play a pivotal role in perception, cognition, and education. Research in this field is now proceeding at a considerable pace and casting new light on how the eyes move and what information we can derive during the frequent and brief periods of fixation. However, the origins of eye movement research are less well known, even though much of our knowledge is derived from this work, which took place using far more primitive equipment." "This book is unique in tracing the history of eye movement research. It shows how great strides were made in this area before modern recording devices were available, especially in the measurement of nystagmus. When photographic techniques were adapted to measure discontinuous eye movements, from about 1900, many of the issues that are now basic to modern research were then investigated. One of the earliest cognitive tasks examined was reading, and it remains in the vanguard of contemporary research." "Modern researchers in this field will be astonished at the subtleties of these early experimental studies and the ingenuity of interpretations that were advanced one and even two centuries ago. Though physicians often carried out the original eye movement research, later on it was pursued by psychologists, and it is within contemporary neuroscience than we find these two strands reunited." "Anyone interested in the origins of psychology and neuroscience will find much to stimulate and surprise them in this valuable new work."--BOOK JACKET
Destined for distinguished oblivion : the scientific vision of William Charles Wells (1757-1817) by Nicholas J Wade( Book )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The emergence of experimental studies of vision can be traced to the adoption of Newtonian methods of observation and experiment, and in their application to space perception by Wells (1792). His initial researches were concerned principally with binocular vision, but he also conducted experimental studies of accommodation, acuity, eye movements, and vertigo. With regard to the last, he entered into a debate with Erasmus Darwin concerning the involvement of eye movements in vertigo. Indeed, Wells should be acknowledged as laying the foundations for modern studies of vestibular function as well as eye movements. The book reprints his Essay on single vision with two eyes (1792) and his own Memoir of his life (1818). Wells also outlined a theory of natural selection before Charles Darwin and provided an account of the formation of dew. His essay on natural selection is reprinted as an Appendix to the book. Wells' experiments and observations on natural phenomena will surprise students of science because of their modernity
Art and illusionists by Nicholas J Wade( )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We delight in using our eyes, particularly when puzzling over pictures. Art and illusionists is a celebration of pictures and the multiple modes of manipulating them to produce illusory worlds on flat surfaces. This has proved fascinating to humankind since the dawning of depiction. Art and illusionists is also a celebration of the ways we see pictures, and of our ability to distill meaning from arrays of contours and colours. Pictures are not only a source of fascination for artists, who produce them, but also for scientists, who analyse the perceptual effects they induce. Illusions provide the glue to cement the art and science of vision. Painters plumb the art of observation itself whereas scientists peer into the processes of perception. Both visual artists and scientists have produced patterns that perplex our perceptions and present us with puzzles that we are pleased to peruse. Art and illusionists presents these two poles of pictorial representation as well as presenting novel 'perceptual portraits' of the artists and scientists who have augmented the art of illusion. The reader can experience the paradoxes of pictures as well as producing their own by using the stereoscopic glasses enclosed and the transparent overlay for making dynamic moiré patterns.
Brewster and Wheatstone on vision by David Brewster( Book )

6 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The New York times book of natural disasters by Nicholas J Wade( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of articles from "The New York Times" Science Times section which detail humankind's quest to understand and predict natural disasters
The New York Times book of the brain( Book )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at the sciences related to the brain, covering such topics as mood, emotions, memory, language, consciousness, dreams, and medicine
A troublesome inheritance : genes, race, and human history by Nicholas J Wade( Recording )

6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on startling new evidence from the human genome, an exploration of how and why the human population differentiated into distinctive races beginning fifty thousand years ago
The New York Times book of language and linguistics( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the latest book in the series, editor Nicholas Wade and several award-winning journalists from The New York Times explore the mysterious roots of language. Their coverage ranges from the efforts to chronicle ancient languages to the examination of fossil records to determine whether Neanderthals had language, and around the evolutionary bend to the study of chimpanzees and their ability to "talk" using sign boards to convey fear, hunger, and their deceptive sense of humor. Chapters expound upon: "The History of Language"; "Archaeology and Language," which includes the findings in the Tarim Basin of China that reveal remains of Caucasian mummies dating from 2,000 to 600 B.C., and their written language; "Language in Other Species," in which the subsonic songs of female African elephants are detected traveling up to two miles through the ground to announce herd movement and mating possibilites, and the rich rhyming schemes of the seasonal songs of humpback whales are described; "Language and Learning"; Language and the Brain"; and finally "Language and Society," which addresses contemporary concerns of our own multilingual nation. With detailed illustrations that appeared in the original articles, and insightful introductions to each chapter by Nicholas Wade, this book is sure to fascinate anyone who has an interest in language and culture
Life script : how the human genome discoveries will transform medicine and enhance health by Nicholas J Wade( Book )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Visual perception : an introduction
Perception and illusion : historical perspectivesA natural history of visionPurkinje's vision : the dawning of neuroscienceLife script : how the human genome discoveries will transform medicine and enhance your healthVisual allusions : pictures of perceptionPsychologists in word and imageThe Science times book of the brainThe moving tablet of the eye : the origins of modern eye movement research
Alternative Names
Nicholas Wade British writer

Nicholas Wade Brits bewerker

Nicholas Wade écrivain britannique

Nicholas Wade escritor británico

Ueido, N. 1942-

Wade, Nicholas.

Wade, Nicholas J.

Wade, Nicholas J. 1942-

Wīd, Nīkūlās

Уэйд, Николас

نيكولاس ويد

ويد, نيكولاس


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