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The Everyday Physics of Hearing and Vision

Benjamin de Mayo


Humans receive the vast majority of sensory perception through the eyes and ears. 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.

About Editors

Ben de Mayo is a Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of West Georgia. He has been at West Georgia since 1971, except for one year when he was a Visiting Professor of Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He came to West Georgia from the University of Illinois, where he was a Research Associate in the Department of Mining and Metallurgy. He received his BS from Emory University (1962), his MS from Yale University (1964), and his PhD from Georgia Tech (1969) – all in physics.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Waves: Vibrations, the Trigger Effect and Information / The Ear: Parts of the Ear, Other Ears, the Non-acoustic Labyrinth, and the Sound Spectrum / The Eye: The Electromagnetic Spectrum / Wave Properties: Mirrors, Butterflies, Rainbows, and Diamonds / Hearing: Sound Intensity, Tones, and Musical Instruments / Vision and the Perception of Light and Color: Light Intensity, Blindness Prevention, Cataracts, Color, and Color Blindness


Paperback ISBN: 9780750327794

Ebook ISBN: 9781627056762

DOI: 10.1088/978-1-6270-5675-5

Publisher: Morgan & Claypool Publishers


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