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Microscopic Worlds, Volume 1: Bugs of the Ocean

Art / PhotobookPopular Science

Series: Microscopic Worlds Volume: 1

By: Kerry Swanson

112 pages, 3D colour photos


Paperback | Feb 2012 | #198221 | ISBN-13: 9780643103221
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NHBS Price: £40.50 $52/€44 approx

About this book

In this series of three books, the author escorts the reader on a fascinating and inspiring exploration of areas of the biological world unseen and unknown by most. In each volume, the author presents often complex scientific ideas in a style that is lively and easily understood. Together with stunning 3D images, taken using one of the most modern and powerful scanning electron microscopes available, the books present a unique portrait of the biosphere. Each book contains a pair of 3D glasses.

Volume 1 showcases the complexity and beauty of microscopic organisms that inhabit the oceans - from surface waters to the sea floor. A huge variety of small planktonic species make up the `grass' of the oceans: these not only represent the `fuel' on which all other marine species depend, they have also had a significant impact on the evolution of the biosphere. This is the starting point for a lively discussion and systematic portrait of ocean biology at the microscopic level.

WOW! What a pleasure it has been to review this magnificent suite of innovative, modern and creative books which do more than just describe: they inspire and grab attention. They bring the 3D perspective to the microscopic world that is so vital for a fuller appreciation and understanding of the living and fossilised microscopic biological world[...] Not only do the pictures leap out at you but some you just want to touch[...]. Each time you look at these pictures there is more to see and more questions to ask, surely, the life blood of science. Science is addictive thanks to these books.
- Glenn Vallender, Geological Society of NZ Newsletter, 2012



- How and why, and who helped along the way
- Introduction
- Why bugs of the ocean?
- Fossils and where to find them
- Coccolithophores
- Diatoms
- Dinoflagellates
- Radiolaria
- Foraminifera
- Worms
- Crustacea
- Ostracods
- Sponges
- Echinoderms
- Bryozoa
- Molluscs

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