Hidden Worlds by Stephen Kramer
Looking Through a Scientist's Microscope (Scientists in the Field Series)

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There are hidden worlds in nature—places you can visit only with a microscope. For more than twenty-five years, Dennis Kunkel has been exploring these worlds. Through the lenses of powerful microscopes, he has examined objects most people have never even thought about: a mosquito’s foot, a crystal of sugar, a grain of pollen, the delicate hairs on a blade of grass. Hidden Worlds takes you behind the scenes of Dennis’s work and explains how he captures his remarkable images of microscopic life and objects. You’ll learn how Dennis became interested in microscopes as a boy, how he prepares specimens for study, and how different kinds of microscopes work. You’ll also have the chance to follow Dennis as he collects in the field—from the ash-covered slopes of Mount St. Helens to the lava tubes, rainforests, and beaches of his home state of Hawaii.

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Stephen Kramer is the author of many science books for young readers, including How to Think Like a Scientist, Lightning, and Eye of the Storm. He teaches at an elementary school near Vancouver, Washington, where he lives with his wife and two sons. Dennis Kunkel, Ph.D., is a microscopist and an award-winning photographer whose images have appeared in media throughout the world. He lives with his wife on windward Oahu in Hawaii.
Published September 24, 2001 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 64 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Computers & Technology, Education & Reference, Science & Math. Fiction

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Outstanding photographs invite the reader into the world of microscopist Dennis Kunkel, a working scientist who studies plants and animals using lenses from the simple hand loupe, which magnifies an image up to ten times, to the sophisticated transmission electron microscope (TEM) that uses an el...

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