Optical Allusions is for those people seeking a painstakingly researched, scientifically accurate, eye-themed comic book adventure! Wrinkles the Wonder Brain has lost his bosses eye and now he has to search all of human imagination for it. Along the way, he confronts biology head on and accidentally learns more about eyes and the evolution of vision than he thought possible. And, as if a compelling story with disembodied talking brains, shape-changing proteins, and giant robot eyes wasn't enough, each tale is followed by a fully illustrated, in-depth exploration of the ideas introduced in the comic story. Designed to be a hybrid college text book/comic book, Optical Allusions is suitable for advanced readers with an interest in evolution and real science. 127 pages.
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - librarybrandy - LibraryThing
The book with a hundred tags. I just can't really say where it best belongs. Hosler's latest edu-comic focuses (ha) on the eye: how we (and other animals) see, how light works and how it's interpreted ... Read full review
Other editions - View all
absorbed activity adaptations amino acids animals antibiotic aqueous humor arthropods bacteria bees bigger biologists blind cave fishes brain butterfly called Cambrian camera eyes cGMP changes Chapter Charles Darwin colors common ancestor compound eyes contain convergent evolution cornea corneal lens cytoplasm dung beetle eggs electromagnetic elephant seals energy evolutionary history Evolving Eyes eye development female Figure fovea G-proteins gametes gene pool genetic hedgehog homologous horns hox genes hypothesis imagine insect layer look male mate monophyletic mutation natural selection nucleus Odysseus ommatidia opsin Optic organisms pass phenotypes photon of light photons photopigments photosensitive cells phototropism phylogenetic tree pigments Polyphemus population predators protein radiation radio waves recipes retina retinal molecule rhodopsin ribosomes rods and cones sclera selective pressure sensory sexual selection shape sloth and hummingbird sodium channels sort species spectrum sperm survive to reproduce tissues transducin vertebrates vision visual Wrinkles X-rays
Page 21 - ... offspring. The offspring, also, will thus have a better chance of surviving ; for of the many individuals of any species which are periodically born but a small number can survive. I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term Natural Selection, in order to mark its relation to man's power of selection.