Complete Book of the Microscope


Winner of the Rhone-Poulenc Junior Science Book Prize, this book is a breathtaking introduction to an extraordinary new dimension. Fantastic photographs, thousands or even millions of times larger than life, reveal the secrets of the micro universe, while step-by-step project ideas and Internet links to recommended websites will help you set off on a micro world tour of your own.
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Winner of the Rhone-Poulenc Junior Science Book Prize, this book is a breathtaking introduction to an extraordinary new dimension. Fantastic photographs, thousands or even millions of times larger than life, reveal the secrets of the micro universe, while step-by-step project ideas and Internet links to recommended websites will help you set off on a micro world tour of your own.
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Children's Literature
It is our size that shapes and limits the universe we see. That's why every child ought to have access to a good microscope. If we were the size of ants, we could stand on water and we wouldn't notice the stars at all, but dust and pollen would be the size of baseballs and it would be easy to distinguish all the different types. To an ant-sized human a red blood cell would be . . . well, ant-sized, and even bacteria might be visible in good light. A vast landscape of marvelous things is hidden from us because of our size. Microscopes can change that. To a child with a microscope, this book provides tips for what to look at, how to prepare and stain specimens, and where to find accessories. To a child without one, this book may be the next best thing with its hundreds of brilliantly colored images of everything from fleas to the atoms of which they are made. Internet links through the publisher provide child-safe access to a continuously renewed supply of images. Curious grown-ups will have almost as much fun as the kids. 2002, Usborne Publishing,
— Michael Chabin
Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
What you see when you look through a microscope is very different that what you see with your eyes alone. With a microscope, you can look at a layer of your skin, a grain of pollen or the wing of a fly. As microscopes have become more sophisticated, scientists can look at things like the viruses that make us sick and the blood cells that keep us alive. The six chapters present information about the micro-world, the human body, plants and fungi, insects, minerals and history of the microscope. In addition, the Practical Points section includes advice for selecting equipment. An index and glossary are included. 1999 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Double-page spreads explore objects and organisms that can be viewed with a microscope. Individual topics, such as "Body Cells" or "Water Plants," are grouped into larger categories including "The Human Body" and "Plants and Fungi." Various kinds of microscopes and microscopy techniques, not always covered in books on this subject, are also discussed, including electron microscopes, scanning tunneling microscopes, acoustic microscopes, and the use of polarizing filters. Insets give instructions and helpful hints on using an optical microscope. Although the text is clearly written, dangling participles and other grammatical errors exist. All pages are lavishly splashed with eye-catching photographs. While the fascinating illustrations are sure to spark students' interest, the fact that most are computer enhanced may lead to disappointment when they are confronted with the typically gray-toned views through a real microscope. Libraries may want to pair this volume with more detailed titles such as Werner Nachtigall's Exploring with the Microscope (Sterling, 1995) or with historical presentations such as Gail Stewart's Microscopes: Bringing the Unseen World into Focus (Lucent, 1992; o.p.).-Stephanie Bianchi, National Science Foundation Library, VA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780794515584
  • Publisher: EDC Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Series: Complete Bks.
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 231,053
  • Age range: 8 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

The micro world
Larger than life     6
Making things look bigger     8
Using a microscope     10
Paper and print     12
Fibers and fabrics     14
Odds and ends     16
Clues to the past     18
Solving crimes     20
The human body
On your head     22
Bodywork     24
Body cells     26
Inside a body cell     28
Inside a nucleus     30
Bacteria     32
Viruses     34
Microscopes in medicine     36
Microscopes and surgery     38
Plants and fungi
Looking at plants     40
Plant food     42
How plants spread     44
Water plants     46
Fungi     48
Food science     50
Creepy crawlies
Insect watching     52
Insects up close     54
Watery minibeasts     56
Unwelcome guests     58
Body residents     60
The plant eaters     62
Rocks to robots
Sand and rocks     64
Microfossils     66
Crystals     68
Morecrystals     70
Testing metals     72
Micromachines     74
Nanotechnology     76
A nano future?     78
Past and present
Early microscopes     80
The war on germs     82
Microscopes today     84
Practical points
Buying a microscope     86
Equipment     88
Advanced techniques     90
Glossary     92
Index     94
Useful addresses     95
Acknowledgements     96
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