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    From http://www.sfu.ca/mediapr/news_releases/archives/news04110701.htm April 11, 2007 It s a big feat of the tiniest proportions. Simon Fraser University s
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      April 11, 2007
      It's a big feat of the tiniest proportions. Simon Fraser
      University's Nano Imaging Lab has produced the world's smallest
      published book.

      The only catch - you'll need a scanning electron microscope to
      read it.

      At 0.07 mm X 0.10 mm, Teeny Ted from Turnip Town is a tinier
      read
      than the two smallest books currently cited by the Guinness Book of
      World
      Records: the New Testament of the King James Bible (5 X 5 mm, produced
      by MIT in
      2001) and Chekhov's Chameleon (0.9 X 0.9 mm, Palkovic, 2002).
      (By way of comparison, the head of a pin is about 2 mm).

      The production of the nanoscale book was carried out at SFU by
      publisher Robert Chaplin, with the help of SFU scientists Li Yang and
      Karen
      Kavanagh. The work involved using a focused-gallium-ion beam and one of
      a number
      of electron microscopes available in SFU's nano imaging facility.

      With a minimum diameter of seven nanometers (a nanometer is
      about 10
      atoms in size) the beam was programmed to carve the space surrounding
      each
      letter of the book.

      The book is made up of 30 microtablets, each carved on a
      polished
      piece of single crystalline silicon, and has its own International
      Standard Book
      Number, ISBN-978-1-894897-17-4.

      The story, written by Chaplin's brother Malcolm Douglas
      Chaplin, is
      a fable about Teeny Ted's victory in the turnip contest at the annual
      county
      fair.

      Considered an intricate work of contemporary art, the book is
      available in a signature edition (100 copies) from the publisher,
      through the
      SFU lab.

      Contact:
      Karen Kavanagh, 778.782.4244, karen_kavanagh@...
      Li Yang, 604.291.3812, li_yang_2@...
      Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 604.291.4323

      Related web sites:
      http://nanoimaging.sfu.ca
      http://www.robertchaplin.ca/pubs/ten/1/


      Jill Timm
      Mystical Places Press
      Handcrafted artist books,
      one of a kind and small editions,
      miniature and not so miniature.
      www.mysticalplaces.com
      Publisher of Artist Book News
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