Microscopic Worlds Volume 1: Bugs of the Ocean

Paperback - February 2012 - AU $39.95

Showcases the complexity and beauty of microscopic organisms that inhabit the oceans with brilliant 3D images.

In this series of three books, the author escorts the reader on a fascinating and inspiring exploration of areas of the biological world unseen and unknown by most. In each volume, the author presents often complex scientific ideas in a style that is lively and easily understood. Together with stunning 3D images, taken using one of the most modern and powerful scanning electron microscopes available, the books present a unique portrait of the biosphere. Each book contains a pair of 3D glasses. + Full description

Volume 1 showcases the complexity and beauty of microscopic organisms that inhabit the oceans - from surface waters to the sea floor. A huge variety of small planktonic species make up the ‘grass’ of the oceans: these not only represent the ‘fuel’ on which all other marine species depend, they have also had a significant impact on the evolution of the biosphere. This is the starting point for a lively discussion and systematic portrait of ocean biology at the microscopic level. Some of the small organisms living on the sea floor have adapted to living at extreme depths, an environment characterised by darkness, cold and high pressure. All, however, depend on the activities of plankton living in sunlit waters often many thousands of metres above.

Microscopic Worlds will appeal to readers of all ages. The author makes no assumptions about what the reader knows about science, but ultimately it will be the images that initiate a desire to know more. The more we appreciate the complexity and importance of small organisms and the minute systems making up larger organisms, the more likely we are individually to take a concern in, and respond to, global environmental degradation.

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In this series of three books, the author escorts the reader on a fascinating and inspiring exploration of areas of the biological world unseen and unknown by most. In each volume, the author presents often complex scientific ideas in a style that is lively and easily understood. Together with stunning 3D images, taken using one of the most modern and powerful scanning electron microscopes available, the books present a unique portrait of the biosphere. Each book contains a pair of 3D glasses.

Volume 1 showcases the complexity and beauty of microscopic organisms that inhabit the oceans – from surface waters to the sea floor. A huge variety of small planktonic species make up the ‘grass’ of the oceans: these not only represent the ‘fuel’ on which all other marine species depend, they have also had a significant impact on the evolution of the biosphere. This is the starting point for a lively discussion and systematic portrait of ocean biology at the microscopic level.

The other titles in this series are:
Microscopic Worlds Volume 2: Bugs of the Land, Microscopic Worlds Volume 3: Bacteria, Fungi, Lichens and Plants

Reviews

"The remarkable and sophisticated images were captured with the assistance of a scanning electron microscope and will instantly swell your admiration for the microscope, as will Swanson’s enthusiasm, awe and personal affinity for these creatures. His overview is simple, understandable and comprehensive. The book soundly challenges any misconceptions that 'bigger is better' and will inspire budding enthusiasts everywhere to appreciate the delicacy, complexity and importance of microscopic life."
Erica Odell, Wildlife Australia Magazine, Winter 2012, pp. 43

"On the third and fourth reading, the detailed, carefully crafted text, with fascinating thoroughly researched information, captures the reader. The facts are interspersed with relevant quotes, diagrams and anecdotes that make these volumes readily accessible to scientists of all ages. In a classroom, these books will enthral students and encourage them to learn more about "the beauty, organisation and diversity" of life. The only challenge for the students will be prying the book from their teacher’s grasp – they are superb."
Dr Heather Meikle, New Zealand Association of Science Educators, pp. 28

"...Kerry Swanson has taken and tried-and-tested pop-up book format and given it a novel twist in three Microscopic Worlds volumes... Instead of cardboard objects that leap up when you turn the page, Swanson’s books include amazing three-dimensional scanning electron microscope images that rise up when you don the (supplied) geeky 3D glasses."
Paul Gorman, The Press - Your Weekend, May 2012

"WOW! What a pleasure it has been to review this magnificent suite of innovative, modern and creative books which do more than just describe: they inspire and grab attention. They bring the 3D perspective to the microscopic world that is so vital for a fuller appreciation and understanding of the living and fossilised microscopic biological world… Not only do the pictures leap out at you but some you just want to touch…. Each time you look at these pictures there is more to see and more questions to ask, surely, the life blood of science. Science is addictive thanks to these books."
Glenn Vallender, Geological Society of NZ Newsletter, 2012

Details

Paperback | February 2012 | $ 39.95
ISBN: 9780643103221 | 112 pages | 260 x 200 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
3D Colour Photographs

Features

  • New, novel approach to presenting a portrait of components of Earth’s biosphere
  • Useful teaching tool for science teachers
  • Contains a pair of 3D glasses

Contents

Preface
How and why, and who helped along the way
Introduction
Why bugs of the ocean?
Fossils and where to find them
Coccolithophores
Diatoms
Dinoflagellates
Radiolaria
Foraminifera
Worms
Crustacea
Ostracods
Sponges
Echinoderms
Bryozoa
Molluscs
References and further reading
Index

Authors

Kerry Swanson is a geologist with over 40 years’ experience in both industry and tertiary science education. He has published more than 50 scientific papers on a group of microscopic crustaceans from the deep-ocean especially, but has more recently become involved in a project examining the diversity and ecology of microscopic animals living in the aquifers of his home province in New Zealand. Kerry is also a freelance motoring journalist and has published three books on motorcycles and cars.