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As Far as the Eye Can See
As Far as the Eye Can See

As Far as the Eye Can See

A History of Seeing


304 Pages, 6.14 x 9.21

Formats: Cloth, EPUB

Cloth, $38.95 (US $38.95) (CA $52.95)

Publication Date: September 2019

ISBN 9780750987035

Rights: US & CA

The History Press (Sep 2019)


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An unusual history of sight across 500 million years

Eyes were one of the very first body parts to evolve more than 500 million years ago, and their structure has remained virtually unchanged through most of evolutionary history. But eyes alone were never enough for Homo sapiens.From the mastery of fire a million years ago to the smartphone today, humans have repeatedly invented new ways to see their surroundings, each other and themselves. Artificial light, art, mirrors, writing, lenses, printing, photography, film, television, smartphones – these tools didn’t just add to our visual repertoire, they shaped cultures around the world and made us who we are.Drawing on sources from anthropology to zoology, neuroscience to Netflix, As Far As the Eye Can See traces the history of seeing from the first evolutionary stirrings of sight and discovers that each time we changed how or what we see, we changed ourselves and the world around us. Along the way, it finds, sight slowly eclipsed our other senses.Are we now at ‘peak seeing’, the author asks. Can our eyes keep up with technology?Have we gone as far as the eye can see?

Author Biography

Susan Denham Wade spent twenty years researching, writing and presenting on the future of television, digital media and communications technology as a strategist and media executive at the BBC and in Hollywood. She has an MA in Creative Writing (Non Fiction) from City University, where she was awarded the City Non Fiction Award, as well as degrees in Economics and Law and a Harvard MBA. She lives in West Sussex.