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Eyes to See

The Astonishing Variety of Vision in Nature

Michael Land

November 2018

ISBN: 9780198747710

208 pages
Hardback
234x153mm

In Stock

Price: £18.99

The spectacular capacity to see the world around them has evolved in many different ways among animals. From scallops and jumping spiders to humans, Michael Land explores the extraordinary variety of eyes in nature, how they work, and how they enable their bearers to survive.

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The spectacular capacity to see the world around them has evolved in many different ways among animals. From scallops and jumping spiders to humans, Michael Land explores the extraordinary variety of eyes in nature, how they work, and how they enable their bearers to survive.

  • A leading expert on the evolution of vision describes the astonishing diversity of eyes in the animal kingdom
  • Explains how different kinds of eyes evolved to allow animals to catch prey, and the adaptations that also enable animals to hide from watching predators
  • Discusses the latest research on eyes and vision of animals and humans
  • Explores what we are learning of human vision, and how the eye's image relates to our conscious perception of the world

About the Author(s)

Michael Land, Emeritus Professor of Neurobiology, University of Sussex

Michael Land is Emeritus Professor of Neurobiology at the University of Sussex and is a world-renowned authority on animal vision. He co-authored the text Animal Eyes (OUP, 2002, 2nd edition 2012), with Dan-Eric Nilsson, and another on human eye movements, Looking and Acting (OUP, 2009), with Ben Tatler. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Table of Contents

    1:Early Eyes
    2:Compound eyes and insect vision.
    3:Vision in the Ocean
    4:Establishing Identity
    5:Where do people look?
    6:The world out there and the world in your head
    7:Conclusions
    Endnotes
    Index

Reviews

"[A] captivating book." - GrrlScientist, Twelve Of The Best Books About Biology Of 2018, Forbes

"Land has produced an intriguing and accessibly written little book on vision." - Leon Vlieger, Inquisitive Biologist

"Simply written with a clarity that betrays a profound understanding of vision, this delightful journey from scallops to human perception shows what a great biologist can discover when he has the eyes to see." - Professor Simon Laughlin, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge

"This little book is a treasure which deserves the attention of anyone who has ever wondered whether other animals see the world like us. Combining lucid scientific explanations with engaging personal anecdotes and salient histories, Eyes to See is the best single book I can recommend to a curious student, and certainly to a seasoned biologist looking for an introduction to how eyes work." - Ron Hoy, Merksamer Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University

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