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   xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jan 4 09:10 PM

January 4, 2008: Teeny Tedís Turnip Triumph

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.

I guess between the book and the electronic microscope to see it, it would be a pretty expensive gift.


Sheldonrs  Friday Jan 4 09:30 PM

I think I'll wait until they turn it into a mini series.

monster  Friday Jan 4 10:06 PM

How terrible that people with access to these famtabulous machines should use them for such trivia -eh, beest?

xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jan 4 10:39 PM

Telling tales out of school, Monster?

monster  Friday Jan 4 11:05 PM


Sheldonrs  Saturday Jan 5 01:50 AM

Has Bruce been using the electron microscope to mean EXAMINE his penis again? hahaha

ZenGum  Saturday Jan 5 02:45 AM

I wonder what they use as a bookmark.

I wonder who did the pictures.

I wonder what the storyline is like.

And I wonder if they were planning to print "The Erotic Adventures of Two Young Sluts who Love to F***", but the pages kept getting fused together...

Shawnee123  Saturday Jan 5 10:19 AM

Hey, quit plagiarizing!

TheMercenary  Sunday Jan 6 08:45 PM

That is crazy!

Aliantha  Sunday Jan 6 08:48 PM

I only want to know why.

Wisp  Monday Jan 7 04:20 AM

It's all about reading in between the lines...

runswithknives  Monday Jan 7 11:53 AM

So whats next on IOTD's "Super Mega-Fantastic NANO week?"

findpolitics  Monday Jan 7 02:23 PM


Here's a link to a more-zoomed in shot of the first page ...

Wombat  Monday Jan 7 05:35 PM

Wow, nice font, cool layout. Bit tricky to read though.

Sheldonrs  Tuesday Jan 8 10:20 AM

Originally Posted by runswithknives View Post
So whats next on IOTD's "Super Mega-Fantastic NANO week?"
Pics of Monster's privates? hahahaha

monster  Tuesday Jan 8 12:16 PM

Kingswood  Tuesday Jan 22 10:40 PM

I'll need the Large Print edition because I only have access to an optical microscope.

beauregaardhooligan  Wednesday Jan 23 03:18 PM

Originally Posted by Wisp View Post
It's all about reading in between the lines...
Welcome, Wisp!
What were you doing up at such an hour?

morie  Thursday Jan 24 11:29 AM

really, what the hell is the point of producing a 'book' if most people cant read it. and why? i dunno, maybe cuz maybe most people dont have an electron microscope???

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