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On the Surface of Things: Images of the Extraordinary in Science
 
 
Author
Felice Frankel & George M. Whitesides.
Publisher Harvard  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9.6 x 10 x 0.4 inches
ISBN 9780674026889
Pages/Publication Date 160/2007
Daedalus Item Code 40051
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A research scientist at MIT's Center for Materials Science and Engineering, Felice Frankel is also a specialist in very close-up photography. In 58 large images she shows us the startling abstract beauty on the surfaces of objects all around us, from a bit of rust to a coating of wine on a glass, while chemist George Whitesides vividly describes how each of these phenomena occur. The result is this "poetic volume ... [in which] a checkerboard of water droplets, a shard of broken glass or a swatch of plastic fabric reveal themselves as things of colorful, otherworldly beauty. The words are no less remarkable, balancing weighty concepts from the laboratory with a literate tone as light and elegant as a spider's web."Scientific American

"A stunning collection ... giving us remarkable close-ups of the things we find, make, and destroy. Here is an electron micrograph of a compact disk, a surface on which 'The Well-Tempered Clavier' and Led Zeppelin 'are both ruby glitters.' Here, too, is Shakespeare's signature, all swoops and smudges, which can be dated by the rate of migration of iron present in the ink."The New Yorker

 
 
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