Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.94 X 1.33 X 9.38 inches | 1.81 pounds
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About the Author

Fulbright scholar Laura J. Snyder is the author of The Philosophical Breakfast Club, a Scientific American Notable Book, winner of the 2011 Royal Institution of Australia poll for Favorite Science Book, and an official selection of the TED Book Club. She is also the author of Eye of the Beholder and Reforming Philosophy. Snyder writes about science and ideas for the Wall Street Journal. She is a professor at St. John's University and lives in New York City.


An engaging and richly detailed work of interdisciplinary history.--Jonathan Lopez
Elegantly written intellectual history...fascinating.--Deborah Blum
Beautifully evokes the ambience of late-seventeenth-century Delft... revelatory about Vermeer's aims and methods, helping to explain what is so mesmeric about his work.--Philip Ball
Irresistible.... [Snyder] ingeniously explores the minutiae of her subjects' lives to reveal sweeping changes in how their world was understood--ones that still resonate today.--Jonathon Keats
Absorbing.... Snyder takes us back through time, beyond the reflections and shadows, to the very heart of Vermeer's art.--Roma Tearne
Eye of the Beholder is a thoughtful elaboration of the modern notion of seeing. Laura J. Snyder delves into the seventeenth century fascination with the tools of art and science, and shows how they came together to help us make sense of what is right in front of our eyes.--Russell Shorto, author of Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City