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Gives you a different perspective...
on 7 January 2011
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.