Optical Illusions - Hundreds of mind-boggling visual teasers
by Paul M. Baars
2014, 320 pages, 8.6 x 8.6 x 1 inches
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Optical illusions never cease to fascinate us because, like a good magic trick, they present something that seems impossible. Printed images wiggle and rotate, change color, grow or shrink. When we look at an optical illusion we are seeing how our brain works – how it estimates, compensates, extrapolates, and simplifies what we see.
Paul M. Baars’ book is probably the most complete compendium of optical illusions ever published, covering perspective illusions, Trompe-l’œil, upside-down illusions, ambiguous figures and figure-ground illusions, neon- and after-effects, color brightness, static movements, vibrations, image distortions, geometric illusions, and illusions of depth and distance.
This book is a great recreational drug. — Mark Frauenfelder