Saturday, April 2, 2011

scale of the universe ...

This is absolutely amazing....

 Amira Skomorowska 

Scale of all things ☞ Planck length up to the entire universe (interactive  

At the twitter site of Amira Skomorowska (great links to her various sites).... I discovered the link to this extraordinary website: onvi-alerte which is a must see.

It will open to an stunning and very appealing interactive - beautifully designed which covers the microcosm to macrocosm just magically.... with a level of scientific accuracy I might add!

Where the human figure is on the sliding scale you can go to a sesame seed which is 3mm in length, coffee bean, 1 cm and ant, 4mm and so on. As you slide to the left of the figure you are seeing things like a pollen grain and so on... 

I was reminded of William Blakes  "to see a world in a grain of sand..." so I added that complete poem in the previous post...

Truly remarkable to contemplate!

On the theme of the Microcosm....

pollen grains
pinus pollen grain

found here
and a book I recently saw in a local store:

The Bizarre and Incredible World of Plants
a book I'm keen to read

From the publisher PAPADAKIS: 

Pollen, seeds and fruit as you have never seen them before. Following the publication of three groundbreaking books; each created by a scientist and an artist using Scanning Electron Microscopy images and coloured to reveal the extraordinary beauty and structure of the world of nature; we present here a selection of the most striking and informative images.
The tiny forms of pollen have fascinated the scientifically curious since the seventeenth century, but their perfect design and structure cannot be seen with the naked eye. Seeds are the most complex organs produced by plants: some, like orchids, are dust-like, while others such as the Seychelles nut can weigh over twenty kilos. Their highly sophisticated structures have been evolving since prehistoric times, as have the wiles they use to attract and deceive their chosen dispersal agents. Fruits are not there just for our delectation – they protect the seeds that are inside them and, their weird and wonderful structures have evolved as a protection for the seeds and to ensure their efficient dispersal whether by wind, water, animals or humans.
These extraordinary images are accompanied by a simple text explaining in clear, straightforward language the structure and form of pollen, seeds and fruit, their role in preserving the biodiversity of our planet, and the means, often devious, by which they ensure their survival and thus ours.
• A collection of the most striking and beautiful images from the award-winning trilogy of Seeds, Pollen and Fruit
• A visual exploration of plant diversity in its many shapes and forms

About the Authors:
Wolfgang Stuppy is the seed morphologist for the Millennium Seed Bank Project at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Rob Kesseler is a professor at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. Plants have long been a source of inspiration
for his work.

Madeline Harley PhD, FLS is a former Head of the Palynology Unit (Jodrell Laboratory) at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.



martine said...

I feel very small.
thanks for sharing

Sophie Munns said...

Glad you took a look.. isnt it amazing...
I've never EVER seen anything that captured it so well!
thanks for popping in!

rosaria said...

What a wonderful world we live in, what beauty, what symmetry.

Sophie Munns said...

Its quite mind-blowing indeed Rosaria... the symmetry is remarkable!

Robyn said...


x Robyn

Sophie Munns said...

indeed Robyn!

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