Optical Illusions: An Eye-Popping Extravaganza of Visual Tricks (Dover Books on Magic, Games and Puzzles) Paperback – 25 Jul 2014
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About the Author
Artist Gianni A. Sarcone contributes to an international array of periodicals featuring visual puzzles and math-based brainteasers, including Focus Junior and Rivista Magia (Italy), Brain Games (United States), and Tangente (France). He is also the founder of the award-winning website Archimedes-lab.org, a consulting network of experts specializing in the cultivation of creativity.
Marie-Jo Waeber is the cofounder of the Archimedes Lab website and the coauthor of more than a dozen educational textbooks and puzzle books. She also organizes and coordinates workshops and exhibitions involving creativity and puzzle solving.
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After a short introduction, the book is divided into four sections: Shapes, Distances and Sizes; Color and Subjective Motion; Ambiguous and Impossible Figures; and Tests and Experiments. Each figure has an answer key entry at the back of the book. Some of the answers seemed to be a bit condescending, and some figures don't specifically need an answer key entry so they seem superfluous.
I liked the variety of illusions given in the book, but I've seen more spectacular types of optical illusions. I didn't like the tone of the book.
I was given a review copy of this ebook by Dover Publications and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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!
While some of these puzzles require a solution, others are just marvelous to look at.This is a good way to train your brain to look beyond the obvious.