Eyes to See: The Astonishing Variety of Vision in Nature

Eyes to See: The Astonishing Variety of Vision in Nature Vision is the sense by which we and other animals obtain most of our information about the world around us Darwin appreciated that at first sight it seems absurd that the human eye could have evolved by natural selection But we now know far about vision, the many times it has independently evolved in nature, and the astonishing variety of ways to see The human eye, with a lens forming an image on a sensitive retina, represents just one Scallops, shrimps, and lobsters all use mirrors in different ways Jumping spiders scan with their front facing eyes to check whether the object in front is an insect to eat, another spider to mate with, or a predator to avoid Mantis shrimps can even measure the polarization of lightAnimal eyes are amazing structures, often involving precision optics and impressive information processing, mainly using wet protein not the substance an engineer would choose for such tasks In Eyes to See, Michael Land, one of the leading world experts on vision, explores the varied ways in which sight has evolved and is used in the natural world, and describes some of the ingenious experiments researchers have used to uncover its secrets He also discusses human vision, including his experiments on how our eye movements help us to do everyday tasks, as well as skilled ones such as sight reading music or driving He ends by considering the fascinating problem of how the constantly shifting images from our eyes are converted in the brain into the steady and integrated conscious view of the world we experience

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10 thoughts on “Eyes to See: The Astonishing Variety of Vision in Nature

  1. says:

    This is a fascinating read, not quite what I expected, yet full of unexpected gems nonetheless The author makes a valiant effort to make it accessible to all readers, but at the same time you need to have an interest in the science behind vision not just the natural world to enjoy this It s been a long time since I studied anything like this, but at no point was I made to feel stupid It is neither patronisingly dumbe

  2. says:

    I enjoyed this book The first half gets rather technical, as it starts with the eyes of scallops But, as it progressed up the evolutionary ladder, I found itinteresting Eventually, the discussion gets philosophical as the role our site plays in how we experience our external world is explored, and what that means to us internally even to our true selves, our souls I did learn some scientific facts, like that our eyes m

  3. says:

    I picked up this book to learnon the mechanisms of vision in animals Readers will be amazed by the great array of diverse solutions that evolution has brought into form in thedifferent branches of the tree of life where vision has emerged However, I felt that the book spent devoted too many pages to arthropods in comparison to other groups I would recommend it with a caveat that although you will learn a ton about light

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