101 Amazing Optical Illusions: Fantastic Visual Tricks

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9780613454209: 101 Amazing Optical Illusions: Fantastic Visual Tricks

Some paper and pencils, a little glue, and a ruler and scissors are all that's needed to make 101 great optical illusions. Put a bird in a cage without touching it; break a spoon and mend it without glue; get a whale to swim, a kangaroo to jump, or a ballerina to dance. Explore the techniques that led to the inventions of animated cartoons, cinema, and computer graphics. "...an attractive introduction to the subject..."--Kirkus Reviews.

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Grade 5-8. This book encourages readers to try hands-on visual experiments by following the easy, sequential directions highlighted by bright, colorful illustrations. The illusions are divided into three sections that deal with sight ("When your eyes tell you lies"), perception ("Why your brain takes the strain"), and movement ("Notions that put pictures in motion"). Brief, clearly written explanations teach the science behind the illusions. This solid supplement to Vicki Cobb's How to Really Fool Yourself (HarperCollins, 1981) and Charles Paraquin's World's Best Optical Illusions (Sterling, 1987) will provide lots of good science fun.?Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA
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Several different kinds of illusions (physiological illusions, e.g., afterimages; physical illusions, e.g., the result of refraction or reflection; perceptual illusions, e.g., ambiguous pictures; etc.) are explored in this large full-color volume that contains more than the 101 examples of the title. Jennings includes directions for making a number of demonstrations and optical toys. The explanations are cursory at best--Seymour Simon's The Optical Illusion Book (1984) is still the standard--but this is an attractive introduction to the subject for those who want the ``wow'' without the ``why'' in any great detail. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 7-10) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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