ISBN-10:
0262731290
ISBN-13:
9780262731294
Pub. Date:
01/31/2000
Publisher:
MIT Press
A Natural History of Vision / Edition 1

A Natural History of Vision / Edition 1

by Nicholas J. Wade
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Overview

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 in the late 1830s (after which vision became an experimental science). Although there are other histories of vision, this is the first to present extracts of the works of scholars, organized both topically and chronologically. The book juxtaposes verbal and visual descriptions. Each portrait appears beside a significant quotation by the scholar, along with the dates of birth and death, and the source of the original illustration. The author's commentary provides the context for the quotations and traces the scientific development within each topic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262731294
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 01/31/2000
Series: Bradford Books Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 484
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexiii
1Introduction1
2Light and the Eye9
2.1Optics11
2.2Eye and camera25
2.3Accommodation37
2.4Errors of refraction and their correction49
2.5Astigmatism62
2.6Anatomy of the eye64
2.7Retina89
2.8Blind spot94
2.9Visual pathways99
3Color115
3.1Color vision117
3.2Color mixing127
3.3Color blindness136
3.4Color zones142
3.5Color contrast144
3.6Color shadows146
3.7Color constancy147
3.8Binocular color combination148
3.9Subjective colors153
4Subjective Visual Phenomena157
4.1Afterimages (spectra, accidental colors)159
4.2Dark and light adaptation171
4.3Purkinje shift173
4.4Pattern disappearances175
4.5Pattern distortions176
4.6Pressure figures (phosphenes)177
4.7Entoptic phenomena182
4.8Retinal blood vessels186
4.9Stroboscopic patterns190
4.10Talbot-Plateau law191
4.11Visual persistence192
5Motion201
5.1Motion perception202
5.2Apparent motion (stroboscopic motion)206
5.3Induced motion210
5.4Motion aftereffect212
5.5Vertigo215
5.6Eye movements220
5.7Eye torsion226
5.8Outflow theory229
5.9Binocular eye movements231
6Binocularity235
6.1Binocular vision238
6.2Binocular single vision256
6.3Binocular double vision274
6.4Binocular contour rivalry280
6.5Eye dominance284
6.6Monocular compared with binocular vision287
6.7Strabismus (squint)293
6.8Stereoscopic vision300
6.9Retinal disparity304
6.10Panum's limiting case311
7Space315
7.1Space perception316
7.2Erect vision322
7.3Visual acuity325
7.4Weber's law330
7.5Monocular visual direction331
7.6Binocular visual direction334
7.7Distinct vision337
7.8Peripheral vision340
7.9Recovery from cataract removal343
7.10Space constancy349
7.11Cues to distance354
7.12Perspective359
8Illusions367
8.1Visual illusions368
8.2Brightness contrast373
8.3Size illusions375
8.4Moon illusion377
8.5Motion illusions383
8.6Orientation illusions386
8.7Depth reversals387
9Conclusion391
Bibliography399
Name Index431
Subject Index439

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