The Incredible Machine

IncredibleMachineSuggested by Brad Nelson • More than four hundred full-color photographs journey inside the human body to explore the mysteries of human anatomy and physiology, from the development of a fetus to white cells devouring invading bacteria.
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  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    One of the biggest downsides to electronic books is that there is no direct equivalent to a used Kindle store. But there still do exist some old book stores and second-hand stores that carry used books. And it was in perusing one of these second-hand stores that I ran into this 3-dollar gem.

    It’s a 9.5″ x 11″ large-format book full of extraordinary (and quite ordinary) pictures, particularly of cells and enlargements of other internal body parts. However outdated some of the text might be (and, really, at first glance this appears to be a rather bland “themed” sort of book), the couple dozen full-color large photos of things such as a close-up of blood coagulating make this book well worth the second-hand price. It would probably be worthwhile to cut some of the photos out and frame them, they are that striking. But I’ll likely leave them where they are.

    Although the book is padded with scores of fairly mundane stock photos of human beings doing normal things (this is National Geographic, after all), the relatively few micro-photos really bring home the idea of biology being designed.

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