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The Natural World Close-Up Hardcover – 20 Oct 2011

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (20 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085738631X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857386311
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 3 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Giles Sparrow studied Astronomy at University College London, and works as an editor specializing in popular science. He is the author of - amongst other books - The Universe and How To See It, The Stargazer's Handbook and Hubble: Window on the Universe and was a major contributor to Dorling Kindersley's Universe.


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This is a truly fascinating book. The images are catergorised into sections including life,the animal kingdom, plants and fungi,earth and water. There is a good amount of written information in this book and there are descriptions of each photographed subject on the left hand side of each spread. A full page microscopic image on the right of each spread really allows you to see the subjects in a different light. The pages of this book are black and the edges are darkened which is a nice touch because it makes the images contrast and stand out even more. A really nice book - colourful, interesting, informative and well worth the money :)
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Great book - fascinating pictures of natural things close up and seen by elecronmicrograph. Beautiful photos with an interesting paragraph of explanation for each one. There is a section on rocks, plants, animals etc all as equally as fascinating. A great coffee table book.
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This is great for curious folk and kids..with some wows and yuks! A good quality book that's highly recommended, especially for a library or dentists waiting area.
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very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Phenomenal Endeavor 15 Dec. 2011
By Marilyn C. Sutcliffe - Published on Amazon.com
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Words can hardly express the awe and wonder one feels when observing the intricate patterns of nature captured and published in this book. Even a 10 year old child was fascinated. No human being could create the beauty and perfection in form and function of the natural world, of which only a smidgeon, is shown in this remarkable book. It is a treasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning photography and the design of the world will amaze and awe 25 Nov. 2012
By W.J.M.Mansell - Published on Amazon.com
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I just love this. I have read it several times now - and when I want inspiration for art I read it again. When I just want to be reminded of the beauty in this world I read it.

I am awed by the actual design of things in this world and its intricacy at this microscopic level. Its on my coffee table - visitors inevitably pick it up and the conversations that follow are so much more enjoyable and different. A book to inspire, challenge and delight - eye candy in the extreme. I expecially recommend it to creative people - a book of beauty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!!! 25 Jan. 2012
By Dan Hawkins - Published on Amazon.com
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I have almost all the books available on scanning electron microscope images. This is a great addition to the field - stunning photos and very insightful text. If you enjoy this type of work this book will not disappoint. It literally expands our definitions of reality to see so much exquisite detail that our unaided vision cannot access.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the pictures! 29 Jan. 2012
By Peggy - Published on Amazon.com
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These type of photos fascinate me. I love to look at them when I have free time. No telling what is going on in the microscopic world!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a book of wonder and beauty. 26 Dec. 2013
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The photography was exquisite. This is a book I will treasure forever. Not only is the book filled with photographs, but also nicely written descriptions.
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