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Through the looking glasses

Elborough, Travis2021
The humble pair of glasses might just be one the world's greatest inventions, allowing millions to see a world that might otherwise appear a blur. And yet how much do many of us even really think about these things perched on the ends of our noses? In this eye-opening history Travis Elborough traces the fascinating true story of spectacles: from their inception as primitive visual aids to monkish scribes right through to today's designer eyewear and the augmented reality of Google Glass. And taking in along the way such delights as lorgnettes, monocles, pince-nez, tortoise-shell 'Windsors' and Ray Ban aviator shades. Peering into early theories about how the eye worked, he considers the theological and philosophical arguments about the limits of perception by Greek thinkers, Roman statesmen and Arab scholars.
Main title:
Through the looking glasses / Travis Elborough.
London : Little, Brown, 2021.
352 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm
9781408712849 (hbk. :)
Dewey class:
617.52209617.522617.522 ELBO617.522
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