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The Mystery of The Moon Illusion: Exploring Size Perception

Helen Ross and Cornelis Plug


For thousands of years, one scientific puzzle has fascinated and perplexed the greatest philosophers, mathematicians, physicists, and psychologists: why do the moon and sun appear so much larger on the horizon than when high up in the sky? This book provides a compelling account of this fascinating illusion. Taking us through the history, the characters involved, the attempts made to explain the illusion, through to modern day studies of visual perception, the book offers a comprehensive account of this mystery. The history of the moon illusion to a large extent reflects the history of theorie ... More

Keywords: mystery, moon, horizon, moon illusion, visual perception, history, size perception, sun illusion, celestial illusions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780198508625
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198508625.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helen Ross, author
Honorary Reader in Psychology, University of Stirling

Cornelis Plug, author
Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of South Africa