Microcosmos: a Celebration of the Very Teensy

Microcosmos by Brandon Broll. Click to purchases at amazon.com

Microcosmos: Discovering the World Through Microscopic Images from 20 X to Over 22 Million X Magnification by Brandon Broll

Microcosmos is a collection of unbelievable microscopic photography from the archives of The Science Photo Library assembled by science journalist Brandon Broll. In a visually fascinating whirlwind, Stoll guides us through an alien world of ultrastructure organized into 6 sections: Micro-Organisms, Botany, The Human Body, Zoology, Minerals and Technology. Each section takes you through a visually stunning micro-world fill with over 205 full page Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) images. Every image includes the magnification and describes a unique feature that will leave the reader searching for more answers.

A great coffee table addition or a thumb-through for inspiration, Microcosmos will undoubtedly leave you in amazement at the little world that surrounds us. At less than $20 on amazon I highly recommend this for your library (looks great next to Reef)! My only criticism is the lack of information in the text. This collection was clearly designed to wow you with imagery and is curiously short and at times inconsistent with the explanations. With that being said, the breadth of subjects and quality of images is wonderful.

Sample page from Microcosmos.

Kevin Zelnio (870 Posts)

2 Replies to “Microcosmos: a Celebration of the Very Teensy”

  1. Do you suppose there’s any relationship with the Microcosmos film? I remember watching it in school–maybe in an invert zoo class–and being totally blown away by the footage. Garden snail sex! With opera music! The whole thing is set to music, in fact, in a very wonderful way, but it does mean there’s no narration or explanation at all. At least, that’s what I remember, but it’s been years…

    1. Nope! I was thinking so too, but Microcosmos the movie is TOTEZ AWSUM!! Only similarity in name. I guess the book author neglected to google search the title first?

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