The Everyday Physics of Hearing and Vision (Second Edition)

Author : Benjamin de Mayo

Publisher IOP Publishing Ltd
Publication December 2020
Copyright Year 2020
ISBN (Online) 978-0-7503-3207-1
ISBN (Print) 978-0-7503-3205-7
Page 167
Language English


This non-technical book examines the everyday physics behind hearing and vision to help readers understand more about themselves and their physical environment. It begins with a thorough discussion of sound and light waves then goes on to discuss how our eyes and ears gather and process information from those waves.

The ears and eyes are examined in their physical form in humans as well as in other members of the animal kingdom to show differences in how each receive information from the same waves and how hearing and vision may have evolved in humans. The book also discusses the perception of sound by examples such as sound intensity, decibels, and masking, while also covering the basis of music and resonance. Vision and the perception of light and colour are also discussed at length including the psychology of colour perception and colour mixing.

The second edition includes the latest developments in hearing and vision. New topics include hearing and vision aids, electron microscopy, the third eye (pineal body), vision and hearing gene therapies and new remote sensing techniques.