We Know It When We See It

Pages: 272
Subject: Popular Science, Science
Imprint: Oneworld

We Know It When We See It

What the Neurobiology of Vision Tells Us About How We Think

Richard Masland

More than meets the eye - the science of how we see and the secrets it reveals about how the brain works
9781786078162 (11 Jun 2020)
RRP £16.99

The Book

Spotting a face in a crowd is so easy, you take it for granted. But how you do it is one of science's great mysteries.

Vision is involved in nearly a third of everything a brain does and explaining how it works reveals more than just how we see. It also tells us how the brain processes information - how it perceives, learns and remembers.

In We Know It When We See It, pioneering neuroscientist Richard Masland covers everything from what happens when light hits your retina, to the increasingly sophisticated nerve nets that turn that light into knowledge, to what a computer algorithm must be able to do before it can truly be called ‘intelligent'. It is a profound yet accessible investigation into how our bodies make sense of the world.

Additional Information

Subject Popular Science, Science
Pages 272
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Richard Masland is the David Glendenning Cogan Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology and Professor of Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School. For many years he was Director of Research at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, the world's largest vision research institute. He has made groundbreaking contributions to the study of neural networks and to the reversal of blindness. He divides his time between Boston, Massachusetts, and Frenchtown, Maryland.