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‘Optical Illusions’ wins Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize

In the UK, Optical Illusions by visual artist and author pair Gianni A Sarcone and Marie-Jo Waeber (Quarto) has won the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize for the best science books for children.

The book includes puzzles and diagrams that illustrate the science behind optical illusions and show how the eyes and brain are connected.

The £10,000 (A$17,540) prize is judged by adults and schoolchildren across the UK. One of the judges, Annabelle, aged nine, said: ‘This was amazing, I liked the cover and the wheel you could turn. I couldn’t “see” some of them, but I will keep trying! I found it very strange how your eyes and mind can play tricks on you and I liked the way the book explains how your eye works with your brain.’

Optical Illusions was chosen from a shortlist of six announced in June.

For more information about the prize, see the website.



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