Amazing Optical Illusions

Amazing Optical Illusions

by IllusionWorks


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A child's introduction to the world of optical illusions.

Optical illusions are a window into how the brain perceives. Part of the fun is being fully aware that you're being tricked, fooled and misled. This collection of illusions will definitely do that!

Amazing Optical Illusions features thirty of the most fascinating images guaranteed to dazzle the eye and trick the mind. It includes examples of every type of optical illusion:

  • Ground/field reversal images where one shape switches into another and back again
  • Escher's Impossible Crate
  • Eternal spirals and dazzling graphic patterns
  • Enigmatic designs and hidden figures
  • Baffling shapes that change before your eyes.

The illusions are rendered in photography, artwork and the latest computer imaging. Each illusion is explained in clear language for young readers.

Amazing Optical Illusions is a child's exciting introduction to the world's most startling optical illusions. It is a fascinating collection that will have all ages wondering exactly what they are seeing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781552979624
Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date: 08/19/2004
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 645,933
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

About the Author

IllusionWorks is a company which promotes a positive understanding of how the human mind works through exciting science museum exhibits, toys, games, puzzles, and other such educational and fun products.



Most of us don't think too much about our amazing sense of sight. It seems to work automatically, but it doesn't. How do we sort out what we see? Most of that job is done by our brain and not our eyes!

When you see something, light enters your eyes. The light is focused on sensitive "screens" at the back of each eyeball. The information focused there is sent to your brain. Then it's your brain's job to make sense out of the information it gets.

This is where optical illusions come in. "Optical" has to do with your sight. An "illusion" is a kind of trick. When you look at an optical illusion, some part of the process just doesn't match up. This may happen because of how the eye works. It may also happen because of how the brain works. So you may see things that really aren't there or that just don't make sense!

Much of the fun of this book involves "playing" with your sense of sight so you are fooled. It has nothing to do with how smart you are or how old you are.You will be tricked.

To get the most out of this book, read the question at the top of the page. Then look at the picture. Do your best to "figure it out" before looking at the descriptions at the bottom of the page.

Now go have some fun!

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