Wednesday, March 2, 2016

"The winters are so long, and I get so lonely-"

ABC News:

A Siberian man has created what he says is the smallest book in the world.

The micro-book consists of several pages, each measuring only very tiny fractions of a millimeter: the precise size of the pages is 70 by 90 micrometers or 0.07 by 0.09 millimeters — too small to be read by the naked human eye. Made by gluing white paint to extremely thin film, the pages are hung from a tiny ring binder that allows them to be turned. The whole construction rests on a horizontal sliver of a poppy seed.

The book was created by Vladimir M. Aniskin, a so-called "micro-miniaturist" from the city of Novosibirsk, about 2,000 miles from Moscow. Aniskin, who is known in Russia for his tiny productions and has a gallery in St. Petersburg, said it had taken him several years to develop the technology needed to produce the book, and then a month to actually make it. Aniskin said that the book was made by hand, without any remote-controlled tools.

There are two versions of the book, one listing the names of several "micro miniaturists" and another giving the Russian alphabet. The letters are so small that you would need an electron microscope to read them.

Asked why he had made the book, Aniskin told ABC News, “I’m a micro-miniaturist, I make everything small.” He added that the book had been a goal of his.

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