World’s smallest book
No. Way. Look at that. This nano sized book, called Teeny Ted from Turnip Town, was produced using a focused-gallium-ion beam:
The gallium beam has a minimum diameter of 7 nanometers, and was programmed to carve the space surrounding each letter. The book was typeset in block letters with a resolution of 40 nanometers, and is made up of 30 microtablets, each carved on a polished piece of single crystalline silicon. The entire collection of microtablets is contained within an area of 69 x 97 microns square with an average size of tablet being 11 x 15 microns square.
The crazy thing, besides being sooo small… is that the book has an International Standard Book Number (ISBN-978-1- 894897-17-4) AND was produced in an edition of 100 copies. I’ve seen some super small books in my day, a few years ago a collecor of miniature books made a presentation at Rugg Road Paper Company in Boston and one of the books was sealed in a small plastic container and if you didn’t know any better, you’d think the container was empty. But this is science fiction small. What other small texts could be written with a focused-gallium-ion beam: “The Fantastic Journey” maybe…