Saturday, June 16, 2007

Vision Science

I just picked up Vision Science: Photons to Phenomenology by Stephen E. Palmer. Without exaggeration this is the best book on cognitive science I have ever read and the best book on science in general that I have read in a while.

As the title suggests this book covers vision from the physics of photons all the way through to the phenomenology of experience. The chapter on color is one of the most complete treatments I have ever seen in one book.

I think what a like most about the book is that it is authoritative, well researched and scholarly yet reads almost as easily as a pop science book. The book carries a hefty price tag ($82.00) but at 800 pages it is well worth it and you can find used editions at a significant discount.

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