As Far as the Eye Can See

As Far as the Eye Can See A History of Seeing

Hardback (13 Sep 2019) | English

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Synopsis

Eyes were one of the very first body parts to evolve more than 500 million years ago, and their structure has remained virtually unchanged through most of evolutionary history. But eyes alone were never enough for Homo sapiens. From the mastery of fire a million years ago to the smartphone today, humans have repeatedly invented new ways to see their surroundings, each other and themselves. Artificial light, art, mirrors, writing, lenses, printing, photography, film, television, smartphones - these tools didn't just add to our visual repertoire, they shaped cultures around the world and made us who we are. Drawing on sources from anthropology to zoology, neuroscience to Netflix, As Far As the Eye Can See traces the history of seeing from the first evolutionary stirrings of sight and discovers that each time we changed how or what we see, we changed ourselves and the world around us. Along the way, it finds, sight slowly eclipsed our other senses. Are we now at 'peak seeing', the author asks. Can our eyes keep up with technology? Have we gone as far as the eye can see?

Book information

ISBN: 9780750987035
Publisher: The History Press
Imprint: The History Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 904.7
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 644g
Height: 164mm
Width: 243mm
Spine width: 25mm