Micro Life

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In the Smithsonian's Micro Life: Miracles of the Miniature World Revealed, readers explore the everyday miracle of the microscopic world. With spectacular macro photography and microscope images, this book reveals a hidden, living world full of intricate structures beyond the naked eye. The amazing imagery in Micro Life harnesses cutting-edge technology, such as focus-stacked macro photographs, as well as micrographs. Illustrations nearby explain the science—from the workings of an insect's eye to how a plant "breathes" through its leaves. This biology builds into a reference on how life works, and how all organisms, however small, solve the basic problems of movement, reproduction, energy, communication and defense.

Museum Story

The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History is the world's preeminent museum and research complex dedicated to inspiring curiosity, discovery, and learning about the natural world through its unparalleled research, collections, exhibitions and educational outreach programs.


  • 416 pages
  • Photographs and illustrations throughout
  • Hardcover
  • 11.9" X 9.9"