Eye of the Beholder #334

September 11, 2015

This week, we're learning about the history of optics, and how our perception of the world and how we see it underwent a radical transformation in 17th-century Holland. We'll spend the hour with historian, philosopher, and science writer Laura J. Snyder, talking about her book "Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek and the Reinvention of Seeing."

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Laura Snyder

Laura Snyder is Professor of Philosophy at St. John's University in New York City and writes on science and ideas for The Wall Street Journal. She is a Fulbright Scholar, a TED speaker, a Life Member of Clare Hall College, Cambridge, and Past President of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science. Her most recent book “The Philosophical Breakfast Club: Four Remarkable Friends who Transformed Science and Changed the World” was a Scientific American Notable Book, and winner of the 2011 Royal Institution of Australia Poll for Favorite Science Book.