The spectacular capacity to see the world around them has evolved in many different ways among animals. From scallops and jumping spiders to humans, Michael Land explores the extraordinary variety of eyes in nature, how they work, and how they enable their bearers to survive.
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Michael Land is Emeritus Professor of Neurobiology at the University of Sussex and is a world-renowned authority on animal vision. He co-authored the text Animal Eyes (OUP, 2002, 2nd edition 2012), with Dan-Eric Nilsson, and another on human eye movements, Looking and Acting (OUP, 2009), with Ben Tatler. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society.
1 Early Eyes; 2 Compound eyes and insect vision.; 3 Vision in the Ocean; 4 Establishing Identity; 5 Where do people look?; 6 The world out there and the world in your head; 7 Conclusions; Endnotes; Index
This little book is a treasure which deserves the attention of anyone who has ever wondered whether other animals see the world like us. Combining lucid scientific explanations with engaging personal anecdotes and salient histories, Eyes to See is the best single book I can recommend to a curious student, and certainly to a seasoned biologist looking for an introduction to how eyes work. * Ron Hoy, Merksamer Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University * Simply written with a clarity that betrays a profound understanding of vision, this delightful journey from scallops to human perception shows what a great biologist can discover when he has the eyes to see. * Professor Simon Laughlin, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge *
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