Invisible Nature


While salmon can detect plankton through ultraviolet rays in shallow water, this same phenomenon in human lives is entirely different. It’s what we are protected from through our sunblock. Then again, it’s used in the food industry to deep clean germs.

Meanwhile infrared rays help vampire bats zoom in on their victims. These same rays keep food warm in cafés, or help police detect body heat in suspects.

Catherine Barr and Anne Wilson explain and show how a variety of senses and forces are employed in wildlife and science, alongside our every day existences. From microwave to electromagnetism, ultrasound or infrasound, alongside secret scents, we are informed and awed.

Bookwagon recommends Invisible Nature to readers at home and school.

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Invisible Nature

A Secret World Beyond Our Senses

Catherine Barr & Anne Wilson

(Otter-Barry Books)

Invisible Nature shows us how and where a range of senses and forces in our world might work. It takes us from the natural world to our everyday human life. For example, scientists investigate cosmic microwaves to discover the age of our universe. However these microwave rays are found in our everyday lives , from radar to mobile phones.
Then again, ultraviolet colour and pattern help pollinators find their targets, UV is present ‘in our lives- from medicine to lighting‘. What’s more, while a duck-billed platypus is ‘the only land animal with electric sensors- to find worms and shrimps‘, such force isemployed in recycling centres, MRI machines and even headphones!
Bookwagon admires Catherine Barr’s research, through books like Fourteen Wolves. It seems she introduces her discoveries accessibly. This means that we understand and make applications. Then again, anecdotal quiet and attractive facts, pointers that offer us a little more. For example, when we read about ultrasound, our quiet facts, explain how this is called echolocation within the animal world. Then again, the same force is ‘sonar’ when measuring distances and making searches underwater.
Bookwagon suggests Invisible Nature is an absorbing and informative title to include in home and school reading. We recommend this book highly.


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