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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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 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
on 22 August 2011
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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on 20 December 2014
This is a beautiful book of pictures and ideal for any person not wanting to get involved with looking down a real microscope for themselves. The images with the most impact are taken with a Scanning Electron Microscope which costs hundreds of thousands of pounds brand new. For anyone who wishes to buy a book to accompany a gift or acquisition of a real optical microscope, forget it - this one will not help you at all. You will not be able to see anything like many of the pictures inside. If you just want a coffee table book: great - go for it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 2013
Really good book. I bought this for a male friend and he found it to be extremely interesting - . .
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on 12 December 2014
very good.
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