Al Seckel, formerly of the California Institute of Technology, is a leading authority on visual and other types of sensory illusions.
Al Seckel, formerly of the California Institute of Technology, is a leading authority on visual and other types of sensory illusions. He is the author of over 15 books on this subject, and has lectured extensively at many of the world's most prestigious universities. He also designs interactive galleries on illusions and perception for science museums across the country and around the world.
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. The one that got my attention is the following: "Your Mind's Eye: A Comprehensive Scientific Examination of Visual and Sensory Illusions.
Al Seckel has accomplished this demanding task with his book "The Art of Optical Illusions". Seckel presents the illusions as if you were touring an art gallery. He acts as a guide who lets you explore the visuals freely yet helps you understand them with succinct explanations if needed. Seckel does this by dividing his book into 4 gallerys. Each gallery includes a number of illusions, one per page. At the end of each gallery there are notes that help further explain the visual. You are able to enjoy and explore the illusions and reference the notes if you wish to know more.
Alfred Paul "Al" Seckel (September 3, 1958 – 2015) was an American collector and popularizer of visual and other types of sensory illusions, who wrote books about them. Seckel was born September 3, 1958 in New York City, New York to Paul Bernard Seckel, a German-born painter and graphic artist, and Ruth Schonthal, a German-born pianist and classical composer. His mother was a refugee from the Nazis. Seckel was raised in a Jewish household.
355 pages of optical illusions. Many of them the exact same optical illusion over and over. This is more of what might be considered more of a coffee table type book for entertaining guests than reading. Some of them aren't even illusions. It is a great book of illusions that our minds see with the information gathered from our eyes. It is both entertaining and educational. I think that everyone who is curious about how we think we see the world, or just wants to have some fun with friends should have a copy.
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This intriguing collection contains more than 275 optical illusions that appear to change before your eyes. Al Seckel carefully selected both well-known images, such as Shepard's tabletop, Wade's spiral, Ames room and Rubin's face/vase, and many lesser-known, but no less effective, illusions. Every type of optical illusion is here, along with notes about the science of each visual perception and how the illusions work.
Al Seckel is currently working on a comprehensive academic treatise on illusions for Massachusetts Institute of Technology and working in the Division of Computational and Neuronal Systems at Cal Tech in Pasadena. He lives in Pasadena, California. Библиографические данные. Masters of Deception: Escher, Dalí & the Artists of Optical Illusion.