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The Natural World Close-Up (Close-Up (Firefly)) First Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1554079247
ISBN-10: 1554079241
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The microscope has come a long way in 400 years. (Wall Street Journal 2011-10-22)

This book is likely to blow your mind; it did ours. You know what a strawberry looks like, as well as a clamshell, a block of marble and a polar bear. But do you know what these items look like under extreme magnification? ... Straightforward, informative text accompanies each image; the language is accessible to any adult reader. We warn you of this, however: this book is so intricate that you could easily spend hours, even days, exploring the images. You may also begin to annoy your family as you keep calling their attention to yet another example of an everyday object turned incredible upon closer inspection. (Earth Magazine 2012-12-01)

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Giles Sparrow is the author of The Universe and How to See it and Hubble: Window on the Universe.

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  • Series: Close-Up (Firefly)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; First Edition edition (August 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554079241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554079247
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.1 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #875,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Marilyn C. Sutcliffe on December 15, 2011
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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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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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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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Fascinating; I acquired it for the grandchildren to look at, and we've had some lively sessions. When their reading is up to this level, I hope they'll learn even more. I think it's good to be aware that there's more to life than we can see in the day-to-day.
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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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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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