Out of Sight: Pictures of Hidden Worlds

Seymour Simon, Author, Chronicle Books, Author Seastar Books $15.95 (48p) ISBN 978-1-58717-011-9
Photos of objects beyond the detection of the human eye--either because they are infinitesimal, too large, too far away or hidden inside the human body--are reproduced with remarkable clarity in Simon's (Destination: Jupiter) insightful volume. The author keeps his text to a minimum, explaining succinctly each image featured and the methods and instruments used to capture them, including compound microscopes, fiber optics, CAT scans, MRIs, thermograms and high-speed photography. Only occasionally does the narrative become overly technical for the targeted audience, as in a description of the magnification of subatomic particles in motion. Even the creepy pictures (a head louse magnified 320 times; and plaque and tartar on the surface of a tooth, magnified some 2,700 times) will attract readers. From a three-dimensional picture of a virus, as seen through an electron microscope, to a dramatic photograph of the vast Eagle Nebula, a star-forming region of the Milky Way galaxy, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, these images are awesome in every sense of the word. Ages 5-up. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 07/31/2000
Release date: 08/01/2000
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 48 pages - 978-1-58717-149-9
Prebound-Other - 978-0-606-24339-1
Library Binding - 1 pages - 978-1-58717-012-6
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-613-86373-5
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