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Books for Adult Readers

        The following general books on illusions and perception are recommended for mature readers. It is by no means a definitive list. They can be located through your local library or through inter-library loans. Please note that some of the books are out-of print. Books on illusions for children are listed in the Introductory Level.

Agostini, Franco, Visual Games, New York: Facts on File, 1986

ISBN 0-8160-1979-7

Akins, Kathleen, ed., Perception, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996

ISBN 0-19-508461-6

Anno, Mitsumasa, The Unique World of Mitsumasa Anno: Selected Illustrations1968-1977, London: Bodley Head, 1980

ISBN 0-370-30364-4

Armstrong, Tim, Make Moving Patterns: How to Make Optical Illusions of Your Own, Norfolk: Tarquin Publications, 1982

ISBN 0-906212-26 X

Armstrong, Tim, Colour Perception: A Practical Approach to Colour Theory, Norfolk: Tarquin Publications, 1991

ISBN 0-906212-74 X

Arnheim, Rudolf, Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1974

ISBN 0-520-02613-6

Baltrusaitis, Jurgis, Anamorphic Art, New York: Harry Abrams, 1977

Banta, Chris, Seeing is Believing? Haunted Shacks, Mystery Spots, & other Delightful Phenomena, California: Funhouse Press, 1995

ISBN 0-942742-14-1

Block, J. Richard and Harold Yuker, Can You Believe Your Eyes? New York: Garner Press, 1989

ISBN 0-89876-163-8

Bloomer, Carolyn, Principles of Visual Perception, London: Herbert Press, 1990

ISBN 1 871569 20 6

Boring, Edwin, Sensation and Perception in the History of Experimental Psychology, New York: D. Appleton-Century Co., 1942

Bruce, Vicki and Patrick Green, Visual Perception: Physiology, Psychology andEcology, London: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1992

ISBN 0-86377-146-7

Cobb, Vicki, How to Really Fool Yourself: Illusions for all Your Senses, New York: Lippincott, 1982

Cole, K. C., Facets of Light: Colors, Images, and Things that Glow in the Dark, San Francisco: Exploratorium Press, 1980

Cole, K. C., Vision: In the Eye of the Beholder, San Francisco: Exploratorium Press, 1978

Cornsweet, Tom, Visual Perception, New York: Academic Press, 1971

Coxeter, H. S. M., et al., M. C. Escher: Art and Science, Netherlands: Elsevier Science Publishers, 1986

ISBN 0-444-70011-0

Crick, Francis, The Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul, New York: Charles Scribners, 1994

ISBN 0-684-19431-7

Doherty, Paul and Don Rathjen, The Magic Wand and other Bright Experiments on Light and Color, New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1995

ISBN 0-471-11515-0

D'Orange, M. L. Mastai, Illusion in Art: Trompe l'Oeil A History of Pictorial Representation, New York: Abaris Books, 1975

Doherty, Paul and Don Rathjen, The Chesire Cat & other Eye-Popping Experiments on How We See the World, New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1995

ISBN 0-471-11516-9

Ernst, Bruno, Adventures with Impossible Figures, Norfolk, Tarquin Publications, 1986

ISBN 0-906212-54-5

Ernst, Bruno, The Eye Beguiled: Optical Illusions, Germany: Benedikt Taschen Verlag, 1992

ISBN 3-8228-9637-3

Ernst, Bruno, The Magic Mirror of M. C. Escher, Norfolk: Tarquin Publications, 1985

ISBN 0-906212-45-6

Escher, M. C., Escher on Escher: Exploring the Infinite, New York: Harry Abrams,1989

ISBN 0-8109-2414-5

Locher, J. L., M. C. Escher: His Life and Complete Graphic Work, New York: Harry Abrams, 1982

ISBN 0-8109-8113-0

Falletta, Nicholas, The Paradoxicon: A Collection of Contradictory Challenges, Problematical Puzzles, and Impossible Illustrations, New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1990

ISBN 0-471-52950-8

Falk, David, et. al., Seeing the Light: Opticis in Nature, Photography, Color, Vision,and Holography, New York: Harper Row, 1986

ISBN 0-06-041991-1

Fineman, Mark, The Nature of Visual Illusion, New York: Dover Publications, 1996

ISBN 0-486-29105-7

Frisby, John, Seeing: Illusion, Brain, and Mind, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1979

ISBN 0-19-217672-2

Gibilisco, Stan, Puzzles, Paradoxes and Brain Teasers: Optical Illusions, PA: Tab Books, 1990

ISBN 0-8306-6464-5

Gibson, James, The Perception of the Visual World, Massachusetts, Riverside Press, 1950

 Girling, Arthur, Stereoscopic Drawing: A Theory of 3-D Vision and its Application to Stereoscopic Drawing, London: Arthur Girling, 1990

ISBN 0-95-16208-0-2

Goldstein, E. Bruce, Sensation and Perception: 4th Edition, California: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co., 1996

ISBN 0-534-26622-3

Gordon, Ian, Theories of Visual Perception, New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1989

ISBN 0-471-92196-3

Gregory, Richard, et. al., The Artful Eye, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995

ISBN 0-19-852195-2

Gregory, Richard, Concepts and Mechanisms of Perception, London: Gerald Duckworth, 1974

ISBN 0=7156-0556-9

Gregory, Richard, Even Odder Perceptions, London: Routledge, 1994

ISBN 0-415-06106-7

Gregory, Richard, Eye and Brain: The Psychology of Seeing, Oxford University Press, 1990

ISBN 0 -19-852340-8

Gregory, Richard and E. H. Gombrich, eds., Illusion in Nature and Art, London: Gerald Duckworth & Co., 1980

ISBN 0-7156-0759-6

Gregory, Richard, The Intelligent Eye, New York; McGraw Hill, 1970

Gregory, Richard, Mind in Science, London: Penguin Books, 1981

Gregory, Richard, ed., Sensation and Perception, New York: Longman Publishing, 1995

ISBN 0-582-27811-2

Gregory, Richard, Odd Perceptions, London: Methuen & Co., 1986

ISBN 0-416-90100-X

Gregory, Richard, ed., The Oxford Companion to the Mind, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987

ISBN 0-19-866124-X

Herschenson, Maurice, The Moon Illusion, London: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1989

ISBN 0-8058-0121-9

Hofstadter, Douglas, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, New York: Vintage Books, 1980

ISBN 0-394-74502-7

Holt, Michael, Mathematics in Art, London: Studio Vista, 1971

ISBN 289-70011-6

Hughes, Patrick and George Brecht, Vicious Circles and Infinity: A Panopoly of Paradoxes, London: Jonathan Cape, 1975

ISBN 0-224-01186-3

Humphreys, Glyn and Vicki Bruce, Visual Cognition: Computational, Experimental and Neuropsychological Perspectives, London: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1991

ISBN 0-86377-125-4

Julesz, Bela, Dialogues on Perception, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 1995

ISBN 0-262-10052-5

Kanisza, Gaetano, Organization in Vision: Essays on Gestalt Perception, New York, Praeger Publishers, 1979

ISBN 0-03-049071-5

Kaufman, Lloyd, Perceptions: The World Transformed, New York: Oxford University Press, 1979

ISBN 0-19-502464-8

Kaufman, Lloyd, Sight and Mind: An Introduction to Visual Perception, New York: Oxford University Press, 1974

Kim, Scott, Inversions, New York: W. H. Freeman & Co., 1989

ISBN 0-7167-2044-2

Klince, Eli, Visual Puns in Design: The Pun Used as a Communications Tool, NewYork: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1982

ISBN 0-8230-7490-0

Köhler, Wolfgang, Gestalt Psychology, New York: Liveright, 1947

Kremer, John, Turntable Illusions; Kinetic Optical Illusions for Your Turntable, IA: Open Horizens Publishing, Co., 1992

ISBN 0-912411-37-6

Leeman, Fred, Hidden Images: Games of Perception, Anamorphic Art, Illusion from the Renaissance to the Present, New York: Harry Abrams, 1976

ISBN 0-8109-9019-9

Leibowitz, Herschel, Visual Perception, New York: MacMillan Company, 1967

Levelt, W.J., On Binocular Rivalry, Netherlands: Mouton & Co., 1968

LLinas, Rodolfo, The Workings of the Brain Development, Memory, and Perception: Readings from Scientific American Magazine, New York: W. H. Freeman, 1990

ISBN 0-7167-2071-X

Luckiesh, M., Visual Illusions: Their Causes, Characteristics and Applications,New York: Dover Publications, 1965

ISBN 486-21530-X

MacGillavry, Caroline, Symmetry Aspects of M. C. Escher's Periodic Drawings, Utrecht: International Union of Crystallography, 1965

Marr, David, Vision, New York: W. H. Freeman, 1982

ISBN 0-7167-1567-8

Moscovich, Ivan, Fiendishly Difficult Visual Perception Puzzles, New York: Sterling Publications, 1986

ISBN 0-8069-8268-3

Papathomas, Thomas, et. al., Early Vision and Beyond, Massachusetts, MIT Press, 1995

ISBN 0-262-16146-X

Parola, Rene, Optical Art: Theory and Practice, New York: Reinholt Books, 1969

Petry. Susan and Glen Meyer, eds., The Perception of Illusory Contours, New York: Springer-Verlag, 1987

ISBN 3-540-96518-1

Posner, Michael and Marcus Raichle, Images of Mind, New York: Scientific American Library, 1994

ISBN 0-7167-5045-7

Rainey, Patricia Ann, A Journey into Perception: Illusions, Connecticut: Linnet Books, 1973

ISBN 0-208-01212-5

Ranucci, E. R. and J. L. Teeters, Creating Escher-Type Drawings, Palo Alto: Creative Publications, 1977

ISBN 0-88488-087-7

Riley, Bridget, Dialogues on Art, London: Zwemmer, 1995

ISBN 0-302-006672

Robinson, J. O., The Psychology of Visual Illusion, London: Hutchinson University Library, 1972

ISBN 0-09-112281-3

Rock, Irvin, The Logic of Perception, Massachusetts, MIT Press, 1987

ISBN 0-262-68045-9

Rock, Irvin, The Nature of Visual Perception, New York: Basic Books,1966

Rock, Irvin, Perception, New York: Scientific American Books, 1984

ISBN 0-7167-5001-5

Rock, Irvin, The Perceptual World: Readings from Scientific American, New York: W. H. Freeman, 1990

ISBN 0-7167-2068-X

Schattschneider, Doris and Wallace Walker, M. C. Escher Kaleidocycles, California: Pomegranate Artbooks, 1977

ISBN 0-87654-208-9

Schattschneider, Doris, M. C. Escher: Visions of Symmetry, New York: W. H. Freeman & Co., 1990

ISBN 0-7167-2126-0

Schiffman, Harvey, Sensation and Perception: An Integrated Approach, New York: John Wiley & Sons., 1995

ISBN 0-471-58620-X

Scientific American, The Brain, New York: W. H. Freeman, 1979

ISBN 0-7167-1151-6

Scientific American, Image, Object, and Illusion, New York: W. H. Freeman, 1974

ISBN 0-7167-0504-4

Scientific American, The Mind's Eye, New York: W. H. Freeman, 1986

ISBN 0-7167-1754-9

Scientific American, Perception: Mechanism and Models, New York: W. H. Freeman, 1972

ISBN 0-7167-0852-3

Sekuler, Robert and Randolph Blake, Perception: Third Edition, New York: McGraw Hill, 1994

ISBN 0-07-113683-5

Shepard, Roger, Mind Sights: Original Visual Illusions, Ambiguities, and Other Anomalies, New York; W. H. Freeman, 1990

ISBN 0-7167-2134-1

Slocum, Jerry and Jack Botermans, Optical Illusions and Other Puzzles, Netherlands: Bookman International, 1995

ISBN 1-871612-46-2

Solso, Robert, Cognition and the Visual Arts, Massachusetts, MIT Press, 1994

ISBN 0-262-19346-9

Spies, Werner, Albers, New York: Harry Ambrams, [no date]

Spillmann, Lothar and John Werner, Visual Perception: The Neurophysiological Foundations, San Diego: Academic Press, 1990

ISBN 0-12-657675-0

Thomson, Evan, Colour Vision: A Study in Cognitive Science and the Philosophy of Perception, London: Routledge Press, 1995

ISBN 0-415-11796-8

Thurston, Jacqueline and Ronald Carraher, Optical Illusions and the Visual Arts, New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., 1966

ISBN 0-442-28511-6

Tolansky, S. Optical Illusions, New York: MacMillan Co., 1964

Vernon, M. D., Experiments in Visual Perception, Australia: Penguin Books, 1966

Wade, Nicholas and Michael Swanston, An Introduction to Visual Perception, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1982

ISBN 0-415-01043-8

Wade, Nicholas, The Art and Science of Visual Illusions, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1982

ISBN 0-7100-0868-6

Wade, Nicholas, Visual Allusions: Pictures of Perception, London: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1990

ISBN 0-86377-130-0

Walker, Jearl, The Flying Circus of Physics with Answers, New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1977

ISBN 0-471-02984-X

Wallach, Hans, Hans Wallach on Perception, New York: New York Times Book, Co., 1976

ISBN 0-8129-0480-X

Wandell, Brian, Foundations of Vision, Massachusetts, Sinauer Associates, 1995

ISBN 0-87893-853-2

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