A World in One Cubic Foot: Portraits of Biodiversity (Hardcover)
Portraits of Biodiversity
University of Chicago Press, 9780226481234, 203pp.
Publication Date: November 21, 2012
A World in One Cubic Foot puts the world accessibly in our hands and allows us to behold the magic of an ecosystem in miniature. Liittschwager's awe-inspiring photographs take us to places both familiar and exotic and instill new awareness of the life that abounds all around.
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Praise For A World in One Cubic Foot: Portraits of Biodiversity…
“A small world awaits exploration. As the flora and fauna of the surface are examined more closely, the interlocking mechanisms of life are emerging in ever-greater and more surprising detail. In time we will come fully to appreciate the magnificent little ecosystems that have fallen under our stewardship.”
-E. O. Wilson, from the Foreword
“In a series of masterful, intimate portraits, David Liittschwager turns animals and plants found in a single cubic foot of natural environment into objects of art, each more intricate and beautiful than the other. The richness of life documented here will astound you; the diversity of forms will leave you speechless.”
-Piotr Naskrecki, author of Relics: Travels in Nature's Time Machine
“A thrillingly beautiful, unique, wondrous evocation of life on earth—rich, abundant, largely unknown, but making our lives possible through the life activities of tens of millions of other organisms. This book is for everyone, from the youngest children on up, who would like to begin to understand the complexity and beauty of familiar places.”
-Peter H. Raven, President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden
“That this is a beautiful book is immediately obvious. But it’s also remarkably smart—a conceptual device that will change the way you see the world around you. I was absorbed in every page.”
-Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
"Here is a world of small wonders—an entire universe of biodiversity captured in the confines of a cubic foot. David Liittschwager is a magician of the lens who works at the intersection of art and science."
-Chris Johns, Editor in Chief, National Geographic Magazine