WorldCat Identities

Wade, Nicholas

Works: 46 works in 245 publications in 4 languages and 10,052 library holdings
Genres: History  Popular works  Biography  Miscellanea 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor
Classifications: BF241, 152.14
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Nicholas Wade
Visual perception : an introduction by Nicholas J Wade( Book )

45 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and held by 950 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
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 770 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
A natural history of vision by Nicholas J Wade( Book )

16 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 660 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
Visual allusions : pictures of perception by Nicholas J Wade( Book )

20 editions published between 1989 and 2017 in English and Spanish and held by 539 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
Perception and illusion : historical perspectives by Nicholas J Wade( Book )

26 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 503 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
Psychologists in word and image by Nicholas Wade( Book )

13 editions published in 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 428 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 )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 412 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
The moving tablet of the eye : the origins of modern eye movement research by Nicholas J Wade( Book )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 244 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
Purkinje's vision : the dawning of neuroscience by Nicholas J Wade( Book )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 219 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
Brewster and Wheatstone on vision by David Brewster( Book )

4 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Galileo's visions : piercing the spheres of the heavens by eye and mind by Marco Piccolino( Book )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 178 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 New York Times book of the brain( Book )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 131 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 119 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 \tFewer ideas have been more toxic or harmful than the idea of the biological reality of race, and with it the idea that humans of different races are biologically different from one another. For this understandable reason, the idea has been banished from polite academic conversation. Arguing that race is more than just a social construct can get a scholar run out of town, or at least off campus, on a rail. Human evolution, the consensus view insists, ended in prehistory. \t \tInconveniently, as Nicholas Wade argues in A Troublesome Inheritance, the consensus view cannot be right. And in fact, we know that populations have changed in the past few thousand years to be lactose tolerant, for example, and to survive at high altitudes. Race is not a bright-line distinction; by definition it means that the more human populations are kept apart, the more they evolve their own distinct traits under the selective pressure known as Darwinian evolution. For many thousands of years, most human populations stayed where they were and grew distinct, not just in outward appearance but in deeper senses as well. \t \tWade, the longtime journalist covering genetic advances for The New York Times, draws widely on the work of scientists who have made crucial breakthroughs in establishing the reality of recent human evolution. The most provocative claims in this book involve the genetic basis of human social habits. What we might call middle-class social traits thrift, docility, nonviolence have been slowly but surely inculcated genetically within agrarian societies, Wade argues. These values ' obviously had a strong cultural component, but Wade points to evidence that agrarian societies evolved away from hunter-gatherer societies in some crucial respects. Also controversial are his findings regarding the genetic basis of traits we associate with intelligence, such as literacy and numeracy, in certain ethnic populations, including the Chinese and Ashkenazi Jews. \t \tWade believes deeply in the fundamental equality of all human peoples. He also believes that science is best served by pursuing the truth without fear, and if his mission to arrive at a coherent summa of what the new genetic science does and does not tell us about race and human history leads straight into a minefield, then so be it. This will not be the last word on the subject, but it will begin a powerful and overdue conversation
The New York Times book of language and linguistics( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 96 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 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Faces of psychology by Nicholas J Wade( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Het geloofsinstinct : het succes van religie by Nicholas J Wade( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in Dutch and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historische studie naar de oorsprong van religie en religieuze gebruiken in verschillende beschavingen
Circles : science, sense and symbol by Nicholas J Wade( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nao = Brain by Wei De( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in Chinese and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The emergence of neuroscience in the nineteenth century by Nicholas J Wade( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.28 (from 0.10 for Visual per ... to 0.88 for Het geloof ...)

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

نيكولاس ويد

ويد, نيكولاس

English (194)

Chinese (2)

Spanish (1)

Dutch (1)

Life script : how the human genome discoveries will transform medicine and enhance your healthA natural history of visionVisual allusions : pictures of perceptionPerception and illusion : historical perspectivesPsychologists in word and imageThe Science times book of the brainThe moving tablet of the eye : the origins of modern eye movement researchPurkinje's vision : the dawning of neuroscience