Monday, August 25, 2014

Optical Illusions, by Gianni Sarcone and Marie-Jo Waeber

I remember loving these optical illusions books as a kid.  Gianni Sarcone and Marie-Jo Waeber have teamed up again in Optical Illusions: An Eye-Popping Extravaganza of Visual Tricks.  Many of these are fresh takes on classic illusions.  Some are wholly original, like this one:
Sarcone and Waeber classify the illusions in several chapters, and leave the explanations or solutions for the back of the book.  Some of these I didn't quite get until after reading the solutions.  I appreciated their explanations, especially as they discussed how the eye and brain analyze color and adjust for what we expect to see.  You will be tempted to return to these, with a straight edge, a ruler, and other means to help your brain make sense of what you think you are seeing.  Optical Illusions is a very interesting diversion.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!

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