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Product Details

  • Series: Illusion Works
  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; Reprint edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554071720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554071722
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The 300-page collection of visual shapes and images has far more than the usual figure illusions found in other books of this nature. (Sara Catherine Howard Teacher Librarian: The Journal for School Library 2007-06-00)

This book offers a comprehensive collection of more than 275 mind-bending images, hidden figures and eye-opening graphic patterns. Explanations ... offer readers insight into how optical illusions are created. (The Telegram (St. John's NF) 2007-08-23)

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[A] highly entertaining look at how our perceptions can be deceived... includes some handy notes about the science of visual perception, offering explanations about how our eyes truly can deceive us. (Jodi DeLong Halifax Chronicle Herald 2006-12-10)

Stunning images guaranteed to both befuddle and amaze you. Plus, it explains the science behind the illusion. (Calgary Sun 2006-11-25)

About the Author

Formerly at the California Institute of Technology, Al Seckel is a leading authority on visual and other types of sensory illusions. He is the author of 15 books on this subject, including the classic The Great Book of Optical Illusions. He is also well-known for his illusion column in National Geographic Kids magazine.

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My 11 year old LOVES this book.
K. Miles
One of the most beautiful and wonderful books I own is Al Seckel's "Masters of Deception: Escher, Dali & the Artists of Optical Illusions" (2004).
David H. Peterzell PhD PhD
Very fun for all in the family.
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90 of 95 people found the following review helpful By David H. Peterzell PhD PhD on October 29, 2006
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One of the most beautiful and wonderful books I own is Al Seckel's "Masters of Deception: Escher, Dali & the Artists of Optical Illusions" (2004). Unlike most other books on illusions, the book itself is a creative tour de force. And Seckel supplements his creation with visually striking and important media at his website. I think I've already given away as many as ten copies of that book to family and friends since its release.

Another of Seckel's books that I refer to frequently "Incredible Visual Illusions: You won't believe your eyes" (2003). That book has twenty chapters, each containing a different class of illusion. As a sensory scientist who teaches courses on sensation, perception and cognition, I find this book useful because it organizes a nice collection of illusions into meaningful categories that are relevant to me. In this work, as in Seckel's many others, the author acknowledges many renowned vision scientists. I imagine that the book's organization benefited from Seckel's association with these people.

Seckel's new book is "Optical Illusions: The Science of Visual Illusions." This is a fine book, with 281 optical illusions (one per page). The book begins with a four page essay on illusions. This is followed 281 pages of illusions, each printed to fill one page. Many of the illusions have been published by Seckel and others previously. A few of the illusions are new. The illustration section is followed by 24 pages containing BRIEF explanations of each illusion. Each explanation is, on average, seven or eight sentences.

I have one major criticism of the new book. The title is highly misleading.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By L. McCormick on August 20, 2009
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I provided this book to an 11 and 13 year old. They have looked at every page over and over again. Fascinated by the images.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rachael on March 20, 2010
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My 8 year old son really enjoys this book. It is more grown up than I thought it would be. My son says "it's very fun to follow the instructions and see cool stuff."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By suzanna on March 7, 2011
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This is by far the best optical illusions book I've ever seen. First off, it's MASSIVE, and virtually every page has a full-page image. A lot of books like this take so much time explaining and are very wordy. Not this one! Beautiful pictures, excellent variety of images, and you can never get bored with this book...Great for adults and kids of all ages. HIGHLY RECOMMEND IF YOU HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR OPTICAL ILLUSIONS BOOKS IN PARTICULAR.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judy on June 30, 2012
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A great book chock full of optical illusions. Not hugely in depth about the science of illusions, but a great page turner. Each page has a full size, beautifully printed, color illusion. Like other reviewers, I was pleased and surprised about the size and quantity of illusions in the book. I was also pleased with the quality and construction. It's a book you will want to return to over and over. If buying for children, I have found that ages 7 and up have really taken a liking to this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Harrison on January 20, 2011
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You will return to this book again and again. It makes a great gift. I cannot wait to show it to visitors. Just be prepared to resist their pleas to be allowed to borrow it just for a day or two. The contents are entertaining and educational. Great book sober or stoned.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Yee on October 28, 2011
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This book is awesome. Purchased this for a Road Trip, and kept the kids entertained for hours. It shows them different perspectives and to "read between the lines". I think all kids should experience this kind of art. It's fun, entertaining, and educational.
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I am a voracious reader and my interests are wide and varied. I must say that this book (Optical Illusions: The science of visual perception by Al. Seckel) is one of the most entertaining and informative books I have had the pleasure of reading lately.

This huge softcover beautifully illustrated text has more than 275 fantastic illusions. I knew about illusions from my psychology courses in the past, but I never realized the extent of numerous images which can trick our eyes. In this respect, what you see may or may not be accurate. Indeed, it seems after reading this book that your eyes can trick you.

After reading and studying this book I understand more clearly why “eye witnesses” do not always accurately relate what they claimed to see. The preface explains how we love to be fooled by viewing things that fool our eyes. “Your mind’s eye” gives the reason why what we see is not always accurate and the fact we are not always in control of what we are seeing. The largest section in this book shows hundreds of illusions. The “what’s going on?” section explains the various things we are seeing in the illusions. There is also a further reading section and an illusion category index.

This is really a fun book to read. If you are interested in the psychology of visual perception you will love this book.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Never Trust a Politian: A critical review of politics and politicians).
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