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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.
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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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on 20 May 2010
I bought this book for my A Level Art students at school and I wasn't disappointed. The photographs are amazing and it is an excellent resource. Fabulous images from unusual sources and a great price from Amazon.
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on 28 February 2013
This review covers the book, which is invaluable to anyone of scientific bent that is keen to see and find out a bit more about the life you DON'T see! The photography is absolutely scintillating at high microscopic power. OK. You won't be able to afford the Electron microscope that makes something look as big as yourself - it will bring the perspective of those things much smaller than YOU an idea of what and how these things can affect YOU in various ways. There IS beauty in smallness! In addition to this, I recommend the DVD of the same title if you want to see small things really GO!

GO FOR IT, HUMANS....
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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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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 10 February 2017
Good book
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on 12 December 2014
very good.
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