A technicolor serenade to the variousness of this world.
By Maria Popova
Hair is among the glories of our mammalian inheritance — thermoregulator, camouflage, sensor, and mating name rolled into one. We Homo sapiens can lose greater than 100 hairs day by day with out going bald, as a result of our our bodies produce 100 ft of hair substance daily. Structurally, hair is a marvel, as various because the vegetation of the tropical rainforest and as mesmerizing as the mobile construction of timber.
The Museum of Microscopy at Florida State College has assembled a stunning gallery of animal hair, from cat and canine to llama and bat, photographed by means of a microscope underneath polarized gentle — a geometrical, fluorescent celebration of the variousness of this world, and a beautiful homage to the historical past of the microscope, for the hair on the legs of the flea and the fly had so enchanted Robert Hooke in his pioneering Micrographia.
Complement with the otherworldly micrography of tears, then revisit the story of how the beginning of astrophotography — micrography’s mirror-image twin, plumbing the realities of the very giant by means of the telescope because the microscope mined the realities of the very small — modified our relationship to life and dying