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Microcosmos: Discovering the World Through Microscopic Images from 20 × to Over 22 Million × Magnification

Art / Photobook

By: Brandon Broll(Author)

224 pages, 203 colour photos

Firefly Books

Paperback | Nov 2010 | #188433 | ISBN-13: 9781554077144
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About this book

Microcosmos is a remarkable photo-journey into everyday life through spectacular microscopic images. This new edition lifts Microcosmos to breathtaking realms. The extraordinary images, produced with the latest microphotography technologies, are displayed on more readerfriendly larger page layouts. Most of the 205 full-colour photographs were taken using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), which allows us to see our world as never before.

Each page features a single image, a remarkable close-up that reveals form, shape and colour in incredible detail. Microcosmos is divided into six chapters that cover: Microorganisms, Botany, The human body, Zoology, Minerals, Technology. Every photograph is accompanied by an informative caption that describes the image, how it was captured and the number of magnifications. With the stunning production values of its full-colour photographs and its clearly written text, Microcosmos provides a fascinating journey of discovery for every reader.

Customer Reviews:

Colorized SEM Photos
by SEM Specialist in United States
Although the photos are colorful, I question their authenticity in terms of genuinely representing the individual specimens. Original SEM photos are in gray levels (black and white) as the SEM type of microscope used to produce them creates gray level images. Therefore someone has taken the liberty to 'colorize' each of these. The actual color representation of some of the specimens could be verified with the use of some of the newer digital microscopes with high level power magnification.

Media reviews:

"Weird and wonderful."
– London Daily Mail, 2010-10-11

"Gorgeous! The photos are really amazing, everything from bones to chocolate ice cream to mushroom spores. It's great eye candy for any photography lover."
– 2010-11-10

"Microcosmos takes readers into a secret world of extreme close-ups [...] The book charters a voyage through a miniature world showing the unlikeliest parts of our lives in minuscule detail."
– Graham Smith, The Daily Mail Online 2010-10-09

"Here are things you may think you have seen, such as rocks or plants, as well as parts of the human body, magnified to show you things you couldn't have seen. Folic acid and mescaline are amazing – even far out-in their colours and details."
– Bill Robertson, Halifax Star Phoenix 2010-12-18

"An amazing array of shapes and textures that would be the envy of Joan Miró."
– Alexander Theroux, The Wall Street Journal 2007

"Visually stunning [...] Anyone who is interested in seeing how things appear when magnified will find Microcosmos fascinating [...] Recommended."
– Barbara McMillan, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba, Canadian Materials, Vol 114(7), University of Manitoba 2007 11 23

"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

"[A] visually arresting collection [...] Broil's informative text highlights the noteworthy features of each image."
– Pacific Shipper (Long Beach, CA) 2007-11-05

"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] Louisiana State Medical Centre, Shreveport, LA, Science Books and Films 2008-02-01

"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

"A journey into everydy life through spectacular microscopic images [...] 205 extraordinary full-color photos."
– The New Hampshire Union Leader 2007-12-12

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Brandon Broll is a London-based journalist specialising in science and medicine who has published stories on subjects as diverse as brainmapping and crash-test dummies. His work appears regularly in The Guardian, and in international publications such as Reader's Digest.

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