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Hidden Worlds: Looking Through a Scientist's Microscope (Scientists in the Field Series) Hardcover – September 24, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 1040L (What's this?)
  • Series: Scientists in the Field Series
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 24, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618055460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618055463
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,062,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 4-8-An illuminating look at the work of a microscopist. Kunkel works with microscopes to explore science, both on his own and with specialists from related fields. This book contains many of his photos, most taken with electron microscopes. It's fascinating to see the magnified pictures of jellyfish, dust mites, and other creatures, neatly tinted to accentuate body features. Several opening pages, along with the front and back endpapers, are visually dazzling. The heart of the book, though, is what readers learn about how Kunkel produces these images, and to what uses scientists put them. The story of how he worked within the blast zone of Mount St. Helens in 1980 in order to study the effect of volcanic ash on algae is a vivid example of how exciting science can be. The text describes the qualities of several different microscopes, and photographs show the scientist using each tool in his lab. Readers also see samples of the images from each instrument, from the simple view captured with a loupe lens to the neurological details revealed by a transmission electron microscope. Like Kramer's Eye of the Storm (Putnam, 1997), this title offers a wealth of scientific information along with an insightful look at the world of an individual scientist.

Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library,

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Scientific American

Kramer provides a wealth of information on how scientists study the world as he takes readers behind the scenes of scientist/photographer Dennis Kunkel's life. But it's Kunkel's astonishing photographs that star here. Using dissecting, compound, scanning electron, and transmission electron microscopes to photograph images-and brilliant color to further define them-Kunkel invites us into a startlingly beautiful world invisible to the naked eye.

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Customer Reviews

What wonderful pictures.
Mary Faith Bryant
If using a electron microscope this is good, not really much use if using a regular microscope...
James L. Koehn
It was fun, interesting, and especially educational.
Mary Cox

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Valerie L. Mickish on August 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
Beginning a lesson with an interesting non-fiction book is a great way to hook students into upcoming curriculum, so I am always on the lookout for visual texts. As the school wide chair of a large middle school, I constantly review products that I believe will motivate students. This book offers some beautiful photography, which my students enjoy, as well as some interesting non-fiction excerpts. I recently shared this text during a professional learning presentation on using non-fiction works to motivate student readers. It is a great addition to my school and classroom library.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Killoran on August 28, 2013
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This is a book of beautiful pictures taken through a scanning electron microscope. I counted one picture taken through a dissecting scope and four taken through a compound light microscope It also contains about a dozen pictures of Dennis himself. If you're interested in microscopy, you are NOT going to see images like this through your microscope unless you have an SEM. Oh, there was at least one TEM.

Don't let that stop you from trying to produce images of your own through whatever microscope you own, or even simply LOOKING, just don't let it discourage you. SEM images come out black and white, BTW, so all the pretty colors were added. Like I say, it's beautiful, but not a realistic view of what an amateur microscopist will see.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Smith on January 22, 2013
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This was purchased as a Christmas gift for a seven year old grandson who prefers non-fiction because he wants to "learn everything". He loves this book and keeps it out on the coffee table to refer to frequently. The pictures are really interesting and the text is appropriate for young readers who are interested in science.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By VJPennington on November 11, 2011
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This book is absolutely gorgeous! I have not seen "weird, yucky" things in such a different light. I'm glad that someone took the time to compile this book. It also helps that my Science Geek Spouse Loves it too lol
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MoCarr32 on February 9, 2013
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I have a 6 and 10 year old who I gave the M150C Microscope to, and they are eager to see what is in the tiny world we have.
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With this book, I've officially become an SEM photo nerd. To see this invisible world in such detail blows my mind. I'm giving the book to my 10-year-old niece; I hope she can appreciate the amazing technology that allows us to see and photograph pollen and bacteria so clearly. The book, needless to say, has incredible pictures and decent text. It's more about this microscopist than the things he photographs. If your purpose is to open a kid's mind as to the various avenues of being a scientist, this book's focus will do that.
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By Victoria on March 17, 2014
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I gave this to my Grandaughter who is going to be a scientist and is also into bugs. She just loved it the pictures are so detailed.
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It was as promised. It is a very interesting book. Book was in good shape used but good. Thank you.
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