Thursday, December 3, 2009

How big is it?

 Check out this online magnifying glass (use the slider!).
Some cells are visible to the unaided eye
The smallest objects that the unaided human eye can see are about 0.1 mm long. That means that under the right conditions, you might be able to see an ameoba proteus, a human egg, and a paramecium without using magnification. A magnifying glass can help you to see them more clearly, but they will still look tiny.

[Hat tip 2 Andrew Gelman at Applied Statistics]   Dread Tomato Addiction blog signature