Duplicity Theory of Vision

Duplicity Theory of Vision

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Bjørn Stabell, Ulf Stabell
Cambridge University Press, 13/08/2009
EAN 9780521111171, ISBN10: 052111117X

Hardcover, 238 pages, 23 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm

The duplicity theory of vision concerns the comparisons (both differences and similarities) and interaction between the cone and rod systems in the visual pathways, with the assumption that the cone system is active during daylight vision and the rod system functions in low light (night time). Research on this aspect of vision dates back to the 17th century and the work of Newton, and is still ongoing today. This book describes the origin and development of this fundamental theory within vision research – whilst also examining the Young-Helmholtz trichromatic colour theory, and the opponent colour theory of Hering – and presents evidence and ideas in light of modern conceptions of the theory. Written for academic researchers and graduate students, the book brings back knowledge of the tradition of duplicity theory, inspiring questions related to anatomy, comparative biology, molecular biology, photochemistry, physiology, genetics, phylogenetics and psychophysics.

"Duplicity Theory of Vision presents a comprehensive and detailed account of an important area of research in vision. The text is well written and organized in a manner that is accessible for the degree of technical material that is presented. I recommend it to those who are primarily interested in a historical account of vision research."
Paula Goolkasian, PsycCRITIQUES