About the book
Jacques Cousteau explored the ocean's deepest fathoms. The crew of the Space Shuttle punched through the Earth's atmosphere and into a space of infinite dimensions. Possessed with the same spirit, France Bourèly takes readers on a breathtaking visual odyssey far beyond the reaches of the naked eye with her scanning electron microscope. She travels lunar landscapes on the back of an ant, explores secret valleys in orchid petals, scales the pistils of a daisy, crosses mountains made of pollen, discovers crevices on the back of a caterpillar, and takes shelter under a bush of bristles. France Bourèrly can be described as a philosopher, a scientist, an artist, and a navigator all at once. This amazing book opens the door to a hidden paradise, revealing the visual virtuosity and the startling beauty of the microscopic dimension that surrounds us all. By transporting us to the lands of the unseen, Bourèly seeks to awaken our senses and transform the way we perceive our infinitely complex and always harmonious universe.
About the author
France Bourèly received her Ph.D. in pharmaceutical studies from the University of Paris and an M.A. in science from the University of California at Berkeley, where she first discovered the scanning electron microscope. Since 1994, she has applied her scientific knowledge to the art of the "invisible," a largely unexplored and infinitely small territory. Winner of a Leitz photographic prize, her work has been shown in more than 25 exhibitions around the world.