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5.0 out of 5 stars Gives you a different perspective..., 7 Jan 2011
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Emmster "the book wurme" (Hampshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Microcosmos: Discovering the World Through Microscopic Images from 20X to Over 22 Million X Magnification (Paperback)
Ok, so this is a book with 203 pictures, virtually all taken with a scanning electron microscope. These devices can produce pictures in extreme closeup and the images are all the more alien because of it.

The book is broken into six sections:

1 - Microorganisms (e.g. virii, phytoplankton, bacteria)
2 - Botanics (e.g. fungi spores, pollen, leaves, stems, seeds)
3 - Human Body (e.g. lots of cells, spine, bone, muscle, blood vessels, blood clots, kidney stone)
4 - Zoology (e.g. everyday insects, spiders, tiny mites)
5 - Minerals (e.g. snowflakes, vitamin C, folic acid, mescaline)
6 - Technology (e.g. velcro, nylon, toilet paper, cigarette paper, knife and razor blades)

(note - there more subjects than i've listed. I just wanted to give a flavour.)

Each section has a set of full-colour glossies that will blow your hair back. The images have been cleaned up and coloured using digital techniques; and hence are stunning. A small amount of text summarises each image and an indication of the required magnification level is given.

There are some really though-provoking shots; the one with neurons being grown on transistors (and mutually activating!) springs to mind.

I think it's a great coffee-table book: it has lots of pictures and not much text, it will cause comment and discussion regardless of the audience, and if all else fails, you can use the close up of a hair-louse (one ugly hombre) to scare your kids senseless.

I loved it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Microcosms - Discovering the world through microscopic images, 31 Dec 2012
This review is from: Microcosmos: Discovering the World Through Microscopic Images from 20X to Over 22 Million X Magnification (Paperback)
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 book in the shop in the city gallery, Manchester. He was transfixed by the images that the electron microscope can give. I took this as a sign, barcoded the book and here we are. Having just spent his Xmas 's on more books than I could have hoped for I am amazed at how this book kick started his reading head. 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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book of Amazing Images, 22 Aug 2011
This review is from: Microcosmos: Discovering the World Through Microscopic Images from 20X to Over 22 Million X Magnification (Paperback)
I am a fibre artist and often use microscopic images as reference points. I'm currently working on a series of small sculptures about bacteria and viruses and this book has been inspirational.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 18 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Microcosmos: Discovering the World Through Microscopic Images from 20X to Over 22 Million X Magnification (Paperback)
Really good book. I bought this for a male friend and he found it to be extremely interesting - . .
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