The Vision Revolution: How the Latest Research Overturns Everything We Thought We Knew about Human Vision
In "The Vision Revolution," Mark Changizi, prominent neuroscientist and vision expert, addresses four areas of human vision and provides explanations for why we have those particular abilities, complete with a number of full-color illustrations to demonstrate his conclusions and to engage the reader. Written for both the casual reader and the science buff hungry for new information, "The Vision Revolution" is a resource that dispels commonly believed perceptions about sight and offers answers drawn from the field's most recent research.
Changizi focuses on four "why" questions:
1. Why do we see in color?
2. Why do our eyes face forward?
3. Why do we see illusions?
4. Why does reading come so naturally to us?
"The Vision Revolution" explores phenomena such as cyclopses, peeking and many more you hadn't even thought to wonder about. Changizi shows how deeply involved these evolutionary aspects of our vision are in why we see the way we do--and what the future holds for us.
"The Vision Revolution" is a book that finally gives attention to what before has been largely neglected by other works on human vision--a book that looks at the "why."
Mark Changizi is an assistant professor of cognitive science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research areas tend to concern the evolutionary function and design principles governing complex behaviors, perceptions and organisms. His first book appeared in 2003 and is called The Brain from 25,000 Feet: High Level Explorations of Brain Complexity, Perception, Induction and Vagueness (Kluwer Academic, Dordrecht). Dr. Changizi is the first author on 25 journal articles in diverse topics, and his research has been in more than 75 media outlets worldwide, including Time, Newsweek, USA Today, Discover, New Scientist, Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Scientific American, The Times of London, Natural History, Reuters, ABC News, MSNBC, Fox News, Gehirn & Geist Magazine, Bild der Wissenschaft, Der Standard, Rhein Zeitung, Die Presse, Die Welt, De Morgen, Suddeutsche Zeitung, NRC Handelsblad, Internet Haber, Spiegel and Arzte Zeitung. He has also appeared as a guest on the CBC News' "As It Happens" radio show.
"A friendly tone, colorful everyday examples and many helpful figures will draw readers--science buffs or not--down the rabbit hole of cognitive theory and keep them there, dazzled."
-- from "Publishers Weekly" online (starred review), May 11, 2009
..". the novel ideas that Mr. Changizi outlines in "The Vision Revolution"--together with the evidence he does present--may have a big effect on our understanding of the human brain. Their implication is that the environments we evolved in shaped the design of our visual system according to a set of deep principles. Our challenge now is to see them clearly."
--"The Wall Street Journal," June 19, 2009
"Throughout the book, Changizi peppers his explanations with quick, fascinating visual exercises that help to drive his points home ... Changizi's theories are appealing and logical, and he backs them with good circumstantial evidence. ... One thing is certain: "The Vision Revolution" will make you wonder the next time you notice someone blush, catch a ball or finish reading a magazine page."
--"Scientific American MIND," July 2009
"Changizi focuses on why humans have evolved such visual 'superpowers' as color vision and binocularity. His answers are surprising, overturning theories that have dominated primatology since the 1970s ... Readers, however, need not be well versed in academic debates to enjoy Changizi's lucid explanations. Filled with optical illusions and simple experiments for the reader to perform, this book may be the most fun you'll have learning about human cognition and evolution."
--Barnes & Noble Spotlight Review, July 13, 2009
..". most imaginative, creative and entertaining ... This book will no doubt offer a revolutionary view on our daily experience of visual perception."
--Shinsuke Shimojo, Professor in Biology/Computation and Neural Systems, California Institute of Technology
"Changizi has the unique ability to draw the reader into asking the most