19 Feb '12, 11pm

6 everyday things seen really close up

6 everyday things seen really close up

I bought my daughters, ages 7 and 9, a fairly decent microscope for Christmas last year, and I'm pretty sure that since then, I've used it just as much as they have. My oldest daughter is really into science and math and we've had a great time exploring the world of the microscopic. Microscopes turn everyday things like table salt and Velcro into otherworldly landscapes full of massive crystal blocks and fields of black twisted trunks thrust into the air. Besides being an invaluable tool in scientific fields too numerous to mention, microscopes are great for expanding a person's perspective on the world. It's a well-rounded person who has at least some basic concepts of the scale of the universe — from the smallest quarks through the enormity of the observable universe.

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