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Microcosmos: Discovering the World Through Microscopic Images from 20 X to over 22 Million X Magnification (Anglais) Broché – 18 novembre 2010

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Microcosmos Microcosmos is a remarkable photo-journey into everyday life through spectacular microscopic images. Full description

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Pretty, but frustrating 7 novembre 2010
Par Daniel - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Reading through this book was a frustrating experience. After every page I wanted more... but not in a complementary way. I was left feeling like with just a bit more effort, this could have been really great book.

The photos, are of course, the main event here. They're fascinating to look at, and some are quite beautiful. But the accompanying text feels like it goes out of its way to be unhelpful. It alternates between dropping unexplained, non sequitur factoids ("In the extreme corners of the stem, the best position mechanically, small collenchyma cells are visible"), and a rote listing of textbook labels ("The xylem and phloem are surrounded by a ring of parenchyma cells.").

I suppose I was hoping for an pithy synopsis of each image, from an expert--a botanist, biologist, or a materials scientist--but one gets the impression that an intern was hired to copy random paragraphs from wikipedia for the accompanying text.

So the words are forgettable, but who cares, the pictures are pretty, right? Except the decision was made to limit every image to half the page, leaving the other half for explanatory text (which is never more than one paragraph) and thus mostly empty! Why would you do that?!

There is always a large magnification label (e.g., 1000X) but no real sense of scale is ever given. This could have been easily done with an inset image of the subject zoomed out, or with an introductory chapter giving familiar examples for scale comparison, or with measurement overlays, or any number of ways. People are really bad at conceptualizing exponential scale; just listing the magnification power isn't really sufficient.

So, this makes a great coffee table book, but if you're looking for more depth, you'll need to find it elsewhere.
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Good value, but unlikely to last long 19 septembre 2011
Par Mary H. Franklin - Publié sur
Achat vérifié
Affordable price, excellent photos, good color printing. Regrettably, the type of binding -- glue -- is unlikely to last many years before it dries out and starts falling apart. I guess that is the downside of the afforable price!
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Great but boring 21 juillet 2012
Par Maria - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I bought this as a gift for an 11 yr old smart girl who loves reading books but she got tired of it pretty quickly. IMHO it would have been nice to add some interesting details about each photo.
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The Electron Microscope and Art 27 mars 2011
Par Grady Harp - Publié sur
Format: Broché
MICROCOSMOS is a feast for the eyes. This is the second edition (this time in paperback) of this exotic collection of images as seen by the electron microscope that has the ability to magnify images from 20 times to over 22 million times and the results are colorful, almost indescribably beautiful details we will never see without this marvelous instrument.

Some of the images (each on a separate page with minimal verbiage to detract form the wonder) include an ant holding a microchip (as seen on the cover), the surface of an erasable programmable Read Only Memory silicon microchip, Surface of an Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory silicon microchip, eyelash hairs growing from the surface of human skin (looking for all the world like reeds growing form a riverbed), the surface of a strawberry, bacteria on the surface of a human tongue, human spermatozoa, nylon hooks and loops of Velcro, household dust (this one includes long hairs of cat fur, twisted synthetic and woolen fibers, serrated insect scales, a pollen grain, and plant and insect remains!!!), the head of a mosquito, head louse clinging to a human hair (a bit terrifying), eight eyes (two groups of four) on the head of a tarantula, clutch of butterfly eggs on a raspberry plant, and many more.

One of the aspects of the photographs (aside from the fact that here are geometrical atomic forms that defy imagination) is the brilliance of color that comes as a complete surprise to the eye. This is a book for adults as well as children to explore that world secreted from the human eye. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, March 11
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Beautiful book 30 juillet 2011
Par Reader Joe - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
i am very happy wiith this book, great pictures , great printing , only wish they had given a little more write up about the pictures
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