On Looking: Eleven Walk with Expert Eyes is a delightful book which provides the readers a deep insight into how we perceive things around us and discover our world.
Summary of the Book
Alexandra Horowitz’s On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes will help the readers perceive, notice and explore ordinary things around us. The book is structured around a series of walks the author takes in her Manhattan neighborhood. She is usually accompanied with experts on a diverse range of subjects, such as a sociologist, an artist, a geologist, a sound designer and a physician. She also walks with a dog and a child to see the world through their eyes and in a way they perceive it, which is completely different from the ordinary. The book explores the things different people notice and why most of us do not see the same things. It reveals the amazing power of human attention and the aspects of being an expert observer.
This book is a great attempt of explaining the mysteries of human observation and perception. Alexandra Horowitz being a cognitive scientist, delves into the topic with fascinating insights and beautifully describes her walks with intricate and vivid details.
About Alexandra Horowitz
Alexandra Horowitz is a professor of psychology at Barnard College, Columbia University. She was previously working as a lexicographer at Merrian-Webster and was also working with The New Yorker. She lives with her husband and dog in New York City. She is the author of the bestselling book, Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know.