We don't have a sense of scale for the very small, and gigapan + microscopes (optical or SEM) can go a huge way towards opening the country of the very small to a wider public.
Richard Feynman wrote There's plenty of room at the Bottom, but even if you have read
that (more than once :-), you still don't get the sense of what
'small' means that you can get from seeing it in a Gigapan.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
This Gigapan is of the 'fuzzy' end of a single Dandelion seed, magnified 1200x it does not look as fuzzy as it does with the naked eye. This is a 20 megapixel image composed of 25 images from the SEM.