Richard Jones is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, a past president of the British Entomological Society and author of several books on insects, wildlife and gardening. He also contributes articles on insects and the environment to several high-profile newspapers and magazines (including The Guardian, BBC Wildlife and Gardener’s World magazine), and appears regularly on radio and television.
Nano Nature: Spectacular Images from Nature's Microworldby Richard Jones
Nature is renowned for its staggering beauty. But it conceals a hidden world more stunning than anything we can see with the naked eye, a world that can only be viewed through a scanning electron microscope. At the furthest reaches of human technological achievement, this powerful microscope can magnify up to an astounding 200,000 times, producing images that
Nature is renowned for its staggering beauty. But it conceals a hidden world more stunning than anything we can see with the naked eye, a world that can only be viewed through a scanning electron microscope. At the furthest reaches of human technological achievement, this powerful microscope can magnify up to an astounding 200,000 times, producing images that unveil a world of unimaginable beauty and compelling complexity.
More surreal than any works of art, Nano Nature brings these images out of the high-tech science laboratory and into the public domain, revealing a wealth of extraordinary patterns and improbable structures. The scales of a butterfly appear as delicately fluted leaves, individual bristles on a mosquito’s wing are as distinct as trees in a forest, arrow-headed hairs on a carpet beetle larva look like spears in a warrior army. Combining spectacular imagery with fascinating narrative, this book uncovers an amazing world beyond imagination, giving us a unique glimpse into the hidden complexities of nature in all its glory.
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This is the most gorgeous book of extreme close-up photographs of ordinary things. The things you'd think would be drab and ugly up close, like the mouth of a housefly, are beautiful and fascinating objects of perfect design. Things you'd think would be beautiful up close, like the seed of a flower, may be drab when magnified 1000x. An artist or a scientist concerned with design would do far worse than to look closely at the beauty and functionality in the living world which has evolved to 2000 A.D.
Nano Nature is filled with photographs of a world we never see in daily life. Fantastic magnification of things we encounter on a regular basis. From an art teacher's point of view, it is a fantastic reference for elements of art found in nature.