on 11 October 2011
I recall films InnerSpace(1987) and Fantastic Voyage(1966). In each film a submarine with crew is minituarised then injected into a human body, special effects portray the journey through the body. A drama played out with some medical information imparted.
John Clancy's book The Human Body In Close-Up gives 300 images built up into 3D at the resolutions generated by Magnetic Resonance Imaging(MRI). It allows us to boldly go into the detail of the human body, showing cell differentiation as a fact more fascinating than any cinematic science fiction.
The 300 images are grouped in to sections showing the bones, muscles, skin, tissues, organs. They are memorably beautiful and are accompanied by instructive text. No drama, but an education in human biology.
The pictures of the composition of far-distant galaxies brought to us from the Hubble Telescope and others give examples of the forces at work over time in the variety of the cosmos. These Human Body images show the fascinating chemical factories of the human cell constructing living tissue to do specific functions.
Not Deep Space, but deep inner space. A thing of beauty, complexity and wonder.
on 31 December 2012
Unlike his older sister I have had difficulty getting my 10 year old son to read anything meaningful. However I spotted him looking at a simillar book in the shop at the city gallery, Manchester. He was transfixed by the images that the electron microscope can give. I took this as a sign. I looked for like' books as xmas presents. This is a wonderful book, hardback and in glorious colour. Filled with wonderful Images and bytesized chunks of text that don't overwhelm his reading he has stunned his teacher and won an award for doing a class discussion on the world that is before us but unseen. Oh and there were lots of ughhhhh's and no way and yuk coming from the sofa as he looked at skin, hair and all that we are made up of. Haha