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The eye : a natural history

Author: Simon Ings
Publisher: London ; New York : Bloomsbury, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"We spend about one-tenth of our waking hours completely blind. Only one per cent of what we see is in focus at any one time. You don't need eyes to see - blind volunteers have been taught to see through their chests. Through a spellbinding mix of scientific research, mathematics, philosophy, history, myth, anecdote and language theory, Simon Ings brilliantly unravels the never-ending puzzle of how and why we see in  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ings, Simon.
Eye.
London ; New York : Bloomsbury, 2007
(OCoLC)742309487
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Ings
ISBN: 9780747578055 0747578052 9780747592860 0747592861
OCLC Number: 130552504
Description: 322 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits
Contents: Prologue : youth and age --
1. The commonwealth of the senses --
2. The chemistry of vision --
3. How are eyes possible? --
4. The adaptable eye --
5. Seeing and thinking --
6. Theories of vision --
7. Nervous matter, visually endowed --
8. Seeing colours --
9. Unseen colours --
10. making eyes to see --
Epilogue : the invisible gorilla --
Further reading --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Simon Ings.

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We spend about one-tenth of our waking hours completely blind. Only one per cent of what we see is in focus at any one time. Through a mix of scientific research, mathematics, philosophy, history,  Read more...

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'A real eye-opener' The Times 'A rich and eclectic survey, with an intriguing nugget on almost every page' Sunday Telegraph 'A pleasure to read ... His prose style is excellent and he covers and Read more...

 
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