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|Posted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:21 am Post subject: Excellent book about vision systems: "Eyes to See"
|I've recently finished first pass on a new book, "Eyes to See: The Astonishing Variety of Vision in Nature", by Michael Land (2019), https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0198747713 .
If you're interested in the anatomy and functioning of eyes, this is well worth the time and (quite modest) cost.
I learned a LOT about how insect eyes work, and that's just one chapter.
The book starts with a discussion of scallops' eyes, which I knew nothing at all about. Turns out, they use a concave mirror at the back of the eye to form an image on a retina in the middle of the eye, with an oddly shaped lens in front whose function seems to be correcting aberrations. Crazy stuff!
On a related note... Land's book doesn't have much on aquatic mammals, which have some interesting mechanisms for getting clear vision both below and above water. But I tracked down an article about that: "Adaptive Features of Aquatic Mammals' Eyes", by Mass and Supin (2007), in Anatomical Record 290(6):701–715, currently available for free at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ar.20529 .
Edit: typo, convex --> concave
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