Seeing Science: The Art of Making the Invisible Visible

MIT. Oct. 2022. 272p. ISBN 9780262544351. pap. $34.95. SCI
The release of the first dramatic images from the James Webb Space Telescope coincides perfectly with the publication of this brilliantly visual book of scientific photography, with text by Challoner (Water: A Visual and Scientific History). This extraordinary collection of images is accompanied by astounding revelations about the technology used to capture the photographs and deeper insights into the subjects of the images. Casual readers will be delighted as they flip through this tome; the striking images illustrate a wide range of scientific and mathematic concepts and phenomena, including early drawings of bacteria, daguerreotypes of sunspots, microscopic magnifications of mummies, and the translation of sounds to imagery. More serious readers will be able to engage with the accompanying prose to deepen their knowledge of the subjects and methods of obtaining these amazing shots.
VERDICT A worthy addition to any science collection, featuring stunning full-color images with broad appeal for multiple levels of engagement.
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