Animal Eyes, 2nd Edition
Michael F. Land and Dan-Eric Nilsson
Oxford University Press, 2012; $117.00 (hardcover).
This book blends biology and physics to explore the involvement of optics in the adaption of living organisms to their environment. The authors discuss how appropriate visual systems for a given species in its own environment evolved based on various principles of optics. As a physicist, it is remarkable to see the illustration of many aspects of modern optics in nature millions of years ago—microlenses and microlens arrays, nonimaging optics, diffraction limited systems, scanning systems, optical fibers, gradient index optics, polarization and many more. Animal Eyes is written in a vivid and clear style which will be understandable to both physicists and biologists. I highly recommend it to anyone, including amateurs, students and experienced researchers.
Review by Dejan Pantelić, Institute of Physics, Zemun, Belgrade, Serbia.
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