Invisible worlds :

by Bizony, Piers.
Published by : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, (London :) Physical details: 232 p. col. ill. ; 30 cm. ISBN:0297843427 :; 9780297843429. Year: 2004
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Take an amazing and truly awe-inspiring visual voyage, courtesy of 100 incredible images made from the most sophisticated, cutting-edge technology, and see what can't be seen with the naked eye.
It's an eye-opening experience: from the smashing of atoms to the diffraction of X-rays skimming through a crystal of DNA, the deepest patterns of nature's building blocks are revealed to thrilling effect thanks to revolutionary technology. These thoroughly breathtaking images delve deep into the invisible world, letting us peer into the hidden secrets of heat, sound, and all manner of exotic energies and radiations. View the human body as seen in a colored Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan; a photo of a huge solar prominence, taken by an Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope; an enhanced electron scan of tiny dust mites; and striking spots of light from the distant galaxies. Computer simulations, powered by 21st-century mathematics, hint that there are still greater truths out there. It's as unbelievable as the best science fiction--and it's all true.

Includes index.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface: invisible worlds (p. 12)
  • Introduction: the hidden rainbow (p. 14)
  • 1 A cloud of uncertainty (p. 18)
  • First images of the invisible: iron filings reveal magnetic fields (p. 20)
  • More than meets the eye: early encounters with unknown radiations (p. 22)
  • Lively molecules: the lessons of Brownian motion (p. 24)
  • Clouds & bubbles: tell-tale trails from subatomic collisions (p. 26)
  • Atom smashers: particle accelerators (p. 28)
  • Matter in the mirror: the discovery of antiparticles (p. 30)
  • Fundamental physics: searching for the simplest entities (p. 32)
  • The particle zoo: mesons, fermions, bosons, leptons, muons, gluons ... (p. 34)
  • Electronic physicists: smart computers interpolate particle trails (p. 36)
  • Recreating the cosmic dawn: searching for the origins of matter (p. 38)
  • Crystals of creation: X-ray diffraction of molecular arrays (p. 40)
  • Virtual chemistry: building molecular models with computers (p. 42)
  • The limits of vision: scanning tunnelling microscopy of atoms (p. 44)
  • The duality of matter: are particles objects or waves? (p. 46)
  • Subatomic shimmer: images of quantum waves (p. 48)
  • Circuits in action: the hidden life of a microchip (p. 50)
  • The nano-world: reshaping matter at the smallest scales (p. 52)
  • 2 Bugs in the machine (p. 54)
  • The borderlines of life: are viruses truly alive? (p. 56)
  • Cells & bacteria: biological organisms at microscopic scales (p. 58)
  • The organic glow: fluorescence microscopy (p. 60)
  • The greenness of greenery: turning sunlight into life (p. 62)
  • No two alike: the distinctive geometry of pollen grains (p. 64)
  • A monster menagerie: insects in extreme close-up (p. 66)
  • When science becomes art: false colours in electron microscopy (p. 68)
  • A disconcerting ecology: the secret life of dust (p. 70)
  • The traffic inside us: blood cells in unprecedented detail (p. 72)
  • Capturing the essence: living samples under the scanner (p. 74)
  • Electron illusions: microscopic life from Mars? (p. 76)
  • 3 Anatomy without knives (p. 78)
  • The X-ray: a century of medical successes (p. 80)
  • Painting over the cracks: works of art dissected by radiation (p. 82)
  • Slicing the subject: computerised axial tomography (p. 84)
  • Archaeology without tears: scans of delicate artefacts (p. 86)
  • The Tutankhamun case: an ancient murder probed with new tools (p. 88)
  • Seeing like a dolphin: ultrasound images of the human body (p. 90)
  • Reading the human code: do genes control our behaviour? (p. 92)
  • The transparent body: magnetic resonance imaging (p. 94)
  • A rush of blood: magnetic resonance angiography (p. 96)
  • The brain at work: capturing a thought (p. 98)
  • Searching for the self: the brain's electrical field (p. 100)
  • God in the head: images of transcendental states of mind (p. 102)
  • The digital human: a multilayered model of the entire body (p. 104)
  • The ultimate scanner: exploiting the 'terahertz gap' (p. 106)
  • 4 Supersenses (p. 108)
  • What we do see: the human eye's abilities (p. 110)
  • Being a bee: insects & ultraviolet vision (p. 112)
  • The revealing glow: ultraviolet's forensic uses in criminology (p. 114)
  • Pseudo-science? Kirlian photography & the paranormal (p. 116)
  • Hot pursuit: thermal detection of humans (p. 118)
  • Going with the flow: the hidden dynamics of air (p. 120)
  • Under observation: the impossibility of privacy (p. 122)
  • No place to hide: backscatter X-ray technology (p. 124)
  • Living cities: time-compressed images of traffic & people (p. 126)
  • Big Brother: routine surveillance of our daily lives (p. 128)
  • 5 Echoes in the ether (p. 130)
  • Finding the range: the classic sweep of a radar (p. 132)
  • Watching the world: detailed observation from orbit (p. 134)
  • Radar archaeology: hunting for the traces of lost civilisations (p. 136)
  • The ultimate maps: realistic models of landscape via radar (p. 138)
  • Crowded skies: air traffic control versions of the outside world (p. 140)
  • Lighting up the night: humanity's spread across the planet (p. 142)
  • Seeing the wind: visualising dynamic weather systems (p. 144)
  • A storm brewing: images of extreme weather (p. 146)
  • Warning signs: chemical clues reveal climate change (p. 148)
  • Into the abyss: mapping the ocean floors with sound (p. 150)
  • Hidden impact: seismic modelling of impact craters on Earth (p. 152)
  • Cracks in the fabric: movement stresses in the Earth's crust (p. 154)
  • Prospecting for gold: space spectroscopy of mineral deposits (p. 156)
  • Bumps in the field: unevennesses in the Earth's gravity (p. 158)
  • 6 Our place in the cosmos (p. 160)
  • The delicate balance: the Earth as a living entity (p. 162)
  • Looking back: can life on Earth be detected at a distance? (p. 164)
  • Alien landscapes: Venus mapped by radar (p. 166)
  • As good as being there: virtual models of Martian terrain (p. 168)
  • Water on Mars: intensive chemical mapping from orbit (p. 170)
  • Restless giants: the electromagnetic lives of planets (p. 172)
  • Mysterious moons: startling discoveries on small worlds (p. 174)
  • Beneath the glare: the Sun's amazing structures revealed (p. 176)
  • Simulating the spark: modelling star formation (p. 178)
  • Dying stars: supernova explosions (p. 180)
  • Cosmic monsters: the terrible power of black holes (p. 182)
  • Seeing the generation gap: ultraviolet images of galaxies (p. 184)
  • A trillion suns: the mysterious energy of gamma ray bursts (p. 186)
  • The loud universe: making pictures with radio waves (p. 188)
  • The echo of creation: the microwave residue of the Big Bang (p. 190)
  • Most of everything is missing: the hunt for dark matter & energy (p. 192)
  • 7 Beyond light (p. 194)
  • The golden ratio: is mathematics embedded in nature? (p. 196)
  • Mathematical telescopes: computers reveal the patterns in equations (p. 198)
  • The turbulent world: the complexity of fluids in motion (p. 200)
  • Ideal objects: are mathematical abstract shapes 'real'? (p. 202)
  • The electronic garden: simulations of natural growth (p. 204)
  • Is life a game? cellular automata & the natural world (p. 206)
  • More real than life: how we judge the realism of digital effects (p. 208)
  • A universe of strings: thinking beyond four dimensions (p. 210)
  • The multiverse: is there more to existence than this one universe? (p. 212)
  • Is reality beautiful?: the temptations of symmetry & neatness (p. 214)
  • What does it mean to see?: the 'qualia' of human vision (p. 216)
  • The universal computer: is reality an illusion? (p. 218)
  • Predicting the apocalypse: visualising our possible end (p. 220)
  • Our quest to be seen: messages sent into space (p. 222)
  • Index (p. 224)
  • Acknowledgements (p. 230)
  • Picture credits (p. 231)

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