Extreme close-ups of invisible beauty
by Richard Jones
2008, 207 pages, 10.3 x 10.5 x 1
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Extreme close-ups of nature fill this oversized book. Each portrait reveals a familiar organism, such as a butterfly, to be an intricate machine of uncommon complexity and beauty. A butterfly’s tongue is an organ as ornate as a Victorian chandelier. A fly’s hair has its own hairs, and so ad infinitum. All evolved things accumulate filigreed surfaces, textures, and appendages to a remarkable degree, recasting them as elaborate creations from an alien planet. But in fact they surround us. The nano world is made visible in this gallery of colored electronic microphotographs that hint at the invisible beauty of all the other small natural things not yet photographed.
– Kevin Kelly