Science Is Beautiful: The Human Body Under The Microscope

A new book showcases the magnificent micro-world

Science Is Beautiful, a new book by Colin Salter, is a compilation of images that show what the human body looks like under a microscope. With an artistic eye, the book showcases cells, microbes, and more. Here are some of our favorite images from Science Is Beautiful.

Microglial White Blood Cell

The microglia are in charge of defending the nervous system from bacteria and other disease. They use those branch-like pseudopods to attack and digest any bad microorganism that comes their way.Reprinted with permission from Science is Beautiful © 2014 by Batsford, an imprint of Pavilion Books Company Limited

Avian Flu Virus

H5N1, or the bird flu, is transmitted from birds to humans. It’s pretty common among southeast Asian bird populations, but luckily the serious respiratory disease doesn’t often spread among humans.Reprinted with permission from Science is Beautiful © 2014 by Batsford, an imprint of Pavilion Books Company Limited

Tumor Blood Vessels

Tumors, uncontrolled tissue growths, come complete with their own sets of blood vessels. These blood vessels found in intestinal tumors are formed irregularly, rather than the uniform fashion of normal intestinal blood vessels.Reprinted with permission from Science is Beautiful © 2014 by Batsford, an imprint of Pavilion Books Company Limited

Liver Cells

This close-up shot of two liver cells shows all the organelles within the cells. The green things are the mitochondria, which produce energy for the cell.Reprinted with permission from Science is Beautiful © 2014 by Batsford, an imprint of Pavilion Books Company Limited

Serotonin Crystals

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter found mainly in the digestive system. It does a lot for the body: It regulates mood, sleep, and appetite, helps with clotting, and aids the learning process.Reprinted with permission from Science is Beautiful © 2014 by Batsford, an imprint of Pavilion Books Company Limited

Melatonin Crystals

Melatonin is a hormone made in the brain that helps you fall asleep. It’s often taken in pill form as well to give the body an extra push toward rest.Reprinted with permission from Science is Beautiful © 2014 by Batsford, an imprint of Pavilion Books Company Limited

Bacteriophage

At first glance, this bacteriophage looks like an insect. But it's a microscopic virus that has just attached itself to an E. coli bacterium (in blue).Reprinted with permission from Science is Beautiful © 2014 by Batsford, an imprint of Pavilion Books Company Limited

Ventolin Crystals

Salbutamol sulfate is a drug used to treat asthma that goes by the brand name Ventolin. It acts like adrenaline to relax muscles around constricted airways and relieve daily asthma.Reprinted with permission from Science is Beautiful © 2014 by Batsford, an imprint of Pavilion Books Company Limited

Science Is Beautiful

To get more microscopic views of the human body, check out the book--available on Amazon and other book retailers. [Hardcover: $25]Reprinted with permission from Science is Beautiful © 2014 by Batsford, an imprint of Pavilion Books Company Limited