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
Spider Mite foot
This is a 10 megapixel image of the Red Spider Mite's foot. It is composed of 12 images, 2 columns, 6 rows. It is magnified 3000x using the Scanning Electron Microscope.