Hidden Worlds: Looking Through a Scientist's Microscope

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Text and photographs provide a fascinating look at the work of a microscopist and the remarkable worlds he explores. Scientists in the Field series.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Flipping through the first couple of pages of this book gives the reader a good idea of the excitement and intricate detail that fills the rest of it. Hawaii-based microscopist Dennis Kunkel has spent his life exploring the many "hidden worlds" in nature. They are places that can only be seen with the strength of a microscope but open up a vast amount of unexplored knowledge. This book is great for someone who has no real interest in science as it shows how anyone can be fascinated with the field if they just know the right places to look. Kunkel takes readers to places they never thought possible; a mosquito's foot, a grain of pollen, or the hairs on a blade of grass. Not only do the photos do wonders to educate the reader, but the middle of the book gives a wealth of information to be explored. Kramer takes the time to explain to the reader the different types and strengths of telescopes and which telescopes were used for each photograph. This book opens up a world of exciting and important information, sure to appeal to readers of all ages. Simply opening this book is guaranteed to educate even the most knowledgeable audience. 2001, Houghton Mifflin Co,
— Sarah Hammond
From The Critics
Boggle your brain as you take a fascinating peek at the work of scientist Dennis Kunkel when he explores the microscopic world. Beautiful, full-color images illustrate the text. Several types of instruments are employed to produce the images: a dissecting microscope, a compound microscope, a scanning electron microscope, and a transmission electron microscope. 2001, Houghton Mifflin, $16.00. Ages 10 to 12. Reviewer: M. Thomas SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-An illuminating look at the work of a microscopist. Kunkel works with microscopes to explore science, both on his own and with specialists from related fields. This book contains many of his photos, most taken with electron microscopes. It's fascinating to see the magnified pictures of jellyfish, dust mites, and other creatures, neatly tinted to accentuate body features. Several opening pages, along with the front and back endpapers, are visually dazzling. The heart of the book, though, is what readers learn about how Kunkel produces these images, and to what uses scientists put them. The story of how he worked within the blast zone of Mount St. Helens in 1980 in order to study the effect of volcanic ash on algae is a vivid example of how exciting science can be. The text describes the qualities of several different microscopes, and photographs show the scientist using each tool in his lab. Readers also see samples of the images from each instrument, from the simple view captured with a loupe lens to the neurological details revealed by a transmission electron microscope. Like Kramer's Eye of the Storm (Putnam, 1997), this title offers a wealth of scientific information along with an insightful look at the world of an individual scientist.-Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher
"This title offers a wealth of scientific information along with an insightful look at the world of an individual scientist." School Library Journal, Starred

"The text nicely illustrates how a scientist explores, discovers, and formulates questions." Booklist, ALA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756951887
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Series: Scientists in the Field Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 997,695
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Kramer is the author of many science books for young readers, including How to Think Like a Scientist, Lightning, and Eye of the Storm. He teaches at an elementary school near Vancouver, Washington, where he lives with his wife and two sons.
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