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  • An Immense World

  • How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us
  • By: Ed Yong
  • Narrated by: Ed Yong
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

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Humans have three or four colour-detecting cones in their retinas. Mantis shrimp have 16. In fact, their eyes seem to have more in common with satellite technology than with biological vision as we currently understand it. They have evolved to track movement with an acuity no other species can match by processing raw information; they may not 'see', in the human sense, at all.

Marine molluscs called chitons have eyes that are made of stone. Scorpions appear to see with their entire bodies. It isn't only vision that differs from species to species—some animals also have senses we lack entirely. Knifefish navigate by electrical charge.

An Immense World will take us on an insider's tour of the natural world by describing the biology, physics and chemistry animals use to perceive it. We may lack some of their senses, but our own super-sense lies in our ability to understand theirs. And in the face of the largest extinction event since the meteor that killed the dinosaurs, our only hope of saving other species is bound up with our ability to see what they see, and feel what they feel.

©2022 Ed Yong (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Extraordinary and humbling

Opens your eyes (pun intended).
Seriously - this audiobook will stay with me for a long time.
Thank you

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He’s done it again

A brilliant account about how varied and fantastical all kinds of creatures interpretations of there surroundings are, through their senses (umwelt).
A good reminder again about just how beautifully complex the world we live in is.
Thank you Mr Yong.

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Extremely enlightening. Huge asset to neuroscience

I thought I knew a lot about the senses... this book increased my umwelt 10 fold (at least)! Mesmerising. Incredibly interesting. The new David Attenborough. I even cried at the end - such powerful and moving words. Thank you for writing this truly amazing book.

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This book will change your perception of the world

Wonderful book all about the science of animal senses which makes you ask deep philosophical questions about our planet.

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One of my fav audiobooks ever!

This book is amazingly well researched, and read with great clarity and passion by the author. Couldn't get enough of it and listened to it very quickly. So many fascinating insights that expanded my view of the world. Just brilliant!

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Eye opening (or is it ear/taste/touch….)

Amazing book, learnt so much. Well presented & informative. Highly recommended. Only tiny complaint is US units of measurement.

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Simply Awesome

A must read! Got through it so quickly I'll have to listen again. Excellently pitched too.