Visual Perception and Computer Graphics

  • John Lansdown
Conference paper
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 17)


Pythagorus (BC 582–500) and his followers believed that sight was akin to the sense of touch and that light travelled outwards from the eye to ‘touch’ objects in order for us to see them. They thought that there was ‘fire’ within the eye and the Pythagorean, Theophrastus (BC 372 – 286), justified this view by observing that ‘when one is struck, [the inner fire] flashes out’. Plato (BC 428 – 348) believed that the internal fire and daylight came together in a special way to enable us to see. Aristotle (BC 384–322), on the other hand, rejected the idea of light emissions from the eye and felt that air was the necessary medium to complete the touching.


Visual Cortex Computer Graphic Retinal Image Lateral Geniculate Nucleus Motion Parallax 
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  • John Lansdown
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  1. 1.System Simulation LtdLondonUK

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