The eye is one of the most remarkable achievements of evolution, and has evolved up to 40 times in different parts of the animal kingdom. In humans, vision is one of the most important senses, and much of the brain is given over to the processing of visual information.
In this Very Short Introduction, Michael Land describes the evolution of vision and the variety of eyes found in both humans and animals. He explores the evolution of color vision in primates, and the workings of the human eye to consider how it contributes to our visual ability. He explains how we see in three dimensions and the basic principles of visual perception, including our impressive capacity for pattern recognition and the ability of vision to guide action.
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For anyone who would like to know more about the workings of the eye and how the brain interprets images, this book is an excellent introductory text. * Amanda Hardy, The Biologist *
very informative read * The Biologist *
1: The first eyes
2: Making better eyes
3: The human eye
4: The moving eye
5: The third dimension
7: Seeing and the brain
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