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Heaven & Earth: Unseen by the naked eye (Photography) Hardcover – 20 Sep 2002

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (20 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071484280X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714842806
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 4.4 x 31.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Amazing pictures, a fascinating text ... a book of utmost value.' (Sir Patrick Moore, Astronomer)

'Unambiguously beautiful.' (The Saturday Mercury)

'These pictures help us appreciate that we are part of something truly immense and yet beautifully and minutely detailed.' (Metro)

'Each photo is accompanied by a concise and informative caption, which elucidates but never lessens the impact of these breath-taking, bizarre, miraculous revelations of an unseen world. ... You are guaranteed many happy interludes of reflection and instruction with this visually hypnotic book.' (Judith Bumpus, The Art Newspaper)

'Once you've seen a snowflake magnified 6500 times or an x-ray image of the sun, you will never look at the world in quite the same way. This beautifully illustrated book reveals the startling, hidden beauty of our universe.' (The Good Book Guide)

'For transcendendant beauty, buy Heaven & Earth: Unseen by the Naked Eye.' (Evening Standard)

'Visually, the book is a work of art but the subject is scientifically fascinating ... An exceptional book.' (Focus)

'An immaculately presented source of information ... A unique exploration of the boundless relationship between science and art.' (Creative Review)

'Heaven and Earth sends us back with renewed vision to the heaven and earth in which we live, more able, as the poet William Blake wrote: 'To see a world in a grain of sand/And a heaven in a wild flower/Hold infinity in the palm of your hand/And eternity in an hour.' (Times Education Supplement)

'Both educational and inspirational ... a breathtaking journey.' (Geographical Magazine)

About the Author

David Malin was formerly Photographic Scientist at the Anglo-Australian Observatory, New South Wales and currently Adjunct Professor of Scientific Photography at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Winner of the prestigious Lennart Nilsson prize, his pioneering photographs of space have revolutionized our knowledge and understanding of the universe.

Katherine Roucoux is a freelance science writer and a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds.


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Format: Hardcover
On first opening this book I was amazed by the sheer variety of the photos it contains. 'Heaven & Earth' covers everything from the smallest to the largest objects in the known universe in gorgeously detailed, full-page pictures. From Carbon-dioxide crystals to supernovae the photos are presented in one of four sections according to the size of the subject.
Each photo is accompanied by a brief but interesting description of the processes behind each photo written by a highly qualified science journailst.
I chose this book hoping it would be similar to Arthus-Bertrand's excellent 'Earth from the Air...'. In fact 'Heaven & Earth' is in my opinion a better buy, due to the variety of subjects the photos cover and the fascinating image captions. Unlike 'Earth from the Air...' there is almost no repetition of the subjects for the photos.
In short, this is a book that has photos to interest absolutely anyone and would be a perfect christmas / birthday present. Or you could use it to keep the relatives quietly absorbed for a while!
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This book is astounding in everyway. It takes you on a journey from the subatomic to the unimaginably immense. The pictures in this book are second to non, it is perfect for stiking up conversation when you have visitors. I was bought this book for christmas and could not have asked for a better present. Anybody with the slightest interest in science will love this book, even my mum loved it!
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I was completely amazed with this book. It really is fascinating getting a different perspective on everyday objects and I spent hours looking at all the photographs: the photo quality is excellent. The book makes an ideal present for anyone interested in either science or photography and you can go through it page by page or dip into it whenever you have a moment.
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Almost entirely composed of photos- amazing microscopic shots of a butterfly wing,limescale, snail's teeth...aerial shots of river deltas and icebergs...and to me the least interesting section on outer space. A really intriguing book to pick up and peruse but I dont know if you'd go back to it much after an initial browse
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This is a superb book of images. The hidden beauty revealed through magnification makes creation even more amazing. The whole family from the children to the grandchildren enjoyed studying page after page.A great table book to delight all. I found inspiration in the colours and forms of the images for future art work.For me a helpful resource book.I recommend it highly.
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I bought this book as inspiration for colour and pattern as I am studying illustration, and it is now one of my favourites. It's quite compact but it's thick and the images are a good size, almost filling each page with just a small, precise description at the side. The photos are truly beautiful. Starting off with detailed microscopic images of atoms, particles,DNA and viruses the image subjects increase in size and go right the way through to nebulae and galaxies.
One of my favourite sections of this book (about halfway through) is the satellite images of different places on earth - fault lines,valleys,rivers and mountain ranges are photographed in way that makes them truly fascinating, some look as if they could be abstract expressionist paintings. This book really lets you see the world in a different light, I would reccomend it to everyone - well worth the money :)
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The picture quality is fantastic, if you want something to just flick through, this is perfect. not much to actually read however, each picture only has a sentance or so each. fantastic value for money
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This a superb book of the solar system in great detail!
Fantastic !!
Good book eye opener!!
For a you budding scientists of the solar system lol! Beautifully illustrated!
Good price.
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