An Optics of Visual Experience

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Description

Physical optics has increasingly removed itself from immediate visual experience, focusing instead on abstract explanatory theories and the measurements of sophisticated instruments. It is fair to say that sensory experience has become the stepchild of our modern scientific world view.

However, failure to actively engage the phenomena leaves us with an impoverished relationship with the world around us. Acutely aware of the importance of sensory experience for deepening and enlivening our scientific understanding of nature, Georg Maier devoted much of his career as a physicist to studying the visual world. In this groundbreaking book, he guides us toward an experiential understanding of visual phenomena.

Contents:

  • The Seeing Eye
  • Seeing in Space
  • Relating Optics to Geometry—a First Step
  • Mirror Images
  • Exploring Air, Water and Glass
  • Light as the Relationship between Appearances
  • Shadow Images
  • Practical Optics
  • Seeing Clearly
  • Developing Geometrical Principles in Optics (Visual Connections)
  • Afterimages
  • Bibliographic Notes

ISBN: 9780932776419

Additional information

Weight 20 oz
Dimensions 8.5 x 0.75 x 8.5 in
Author

ISBN13

978-0932776419

ISBN10

0932776418

Published

February 1986

Format

Paperback

Pages

232