- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Firefly Books (August 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1554072379
- ISBN-13: 978-1554072378
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.9 x 5.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
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Microcosmos: Discovering the World Through Microscopic Images from 20 X to Over 22 Million X Magnification Hardcover – August, 2007
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An amazing array of shapes and textures that would be the envy of Joan Miró. (Alexander Theroux The Wall Street Journal)
A journey into everydy life through spectacular microscopic images... 205 extraordinary full-color photos. (The New Hampshire Union Leader 2007-12-12)
Visually stunning ... Anyone who is interested in seeing how things appear when magnified will find Microcosmos fascinating.... Recommended. (Barbara McMillan, Faculty of Education, University Canadian Materials, Vol 114(7), University of Mani 2007-11-23)
[A] visually arresting collection ... Broil's informative text highlights the noteworthy features of each image. (Pacific Shipper (Long Beach, CA) 2007-11-05)
Visually arresting collection... provides examples of SEM images from a wide variety of sources.. informative text highlights the noteworthy feature of each image. (Science News 2007-11-03)
This volume is an extremely well-produced collection of colorized micrographs that are technically good and quite interesting.... The captions are informative as written and do much to enhance the value of the book. I recommend Brandon Broll's Microcosmos highly. (Richard M. Jamison, emeritus, [micrographer] Louis Science Books and Films 2008-02-01)
Hundreds of extremely magnified images such as botanicals, minerals and insects, transport the reader into another world.... Who knew morning glory could look so interesting! (Chicago Sun-Times 2008-12-14)
About the Author
Brandon Broil is a journalist specializing in science and medicine. He has published stories on subjects as diverse as brain-mapping and crash-test dummies. His work has appeared in numerous international publications, including Reader's Digest and The Guardian, and he has acted as science consultant or editor on many books.
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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.
On the end the book could be half on size that would make no difference.
Nice pictures though.
A steal at twice the price, you can't afford to pass this one up at a price of under $10.
I work in Public Health, and this has become my 'gift of choice' for my senior staff. (I've purchased 6 copies,...so far.) It's compact size makes it much more workable than a 'Coffee Table' book, and the beauty and coloration enhancement of the photographs make it a book I also read with my 4 year old grandchild.
Fifty years ago, the Walt Disney World TV program used to show clips of slow-motion droplets of liquid falling into dishes and flowers opening. If the unseen wonders of the amazing world we live in 'talk' to you, this is the book to remind you of the miracle of planet Earth.
The vast range of different images and the creativity makes it 4 stars. It is really neat and a few images really left me feeling humbled. Especially the picture of the Pentium IV chip. Wow.