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Geoff Wyvill, Department of Computer Science


Optical Illusions and Road Accidents


Owheo G34 - 1:00 pm, Friday 09 October


Thinking in pictures enables us to solve many problems. Maps and diagrams in 2D seem to help us to reason. But most people simply stop thinking when confronted with a 3D problem.

Understanding the reason for this leads us to link certain optical illusions to the cause of accidents. I explain the history of this discovery including a new illusion discovered only last year.

On the way, I will demonstrate some illusions.

Bring pencil, paper and an open mind.

Following the custom of our end-of-year seminar, heckling will be rewarded.

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