What do you think is the world’s smallest book?
I wondered this myself after my son quoted from one of his factual books that the world’s smallest book could fit into a nutshell.
Created in 1952 by the Gutenberg Shop to raise funds for its museum in Mainz, Germany the book measures only 3.5 mm by 3.5 mm. It contains the Lord’s Prayer in seven languages and the pages can only be turned with a pair of tweezers and requires a magnifying glass to be read.
However, even smaller in depth is the smallest bible in the world, the nano bible. Forget paper, printing and leather binding, this bible is a silicon wafer chip measuring 4.76 mm – as large as a finger-nail.
It contains all the 27 books of the New Testament. Although you can have the book with you at all times – now offered as part of jewellery, there is one serious snag. You better not forget to bring a microscope along!
According to Guinness World Record however, the smallest book is the minute hair-width ‘Teeny Ted from Turnip Town’. Created in a nano laboratory in Canada, this 30 page tale is only visible through the use of an electron microscope as it is printed on a microchip tablet made from pure crystalline silicon.
This labour of love cost nearly £10,000. The book, which has its own ISB number, was made by the Robert Chaplin at the Simon Fraser University, in British Columbia, Canada. The story was written by his brother Malcolm as a distraction from his economics studies in 2007.
To the left the is the small book chip set next to a thin scratch in a piece of glass.
After all that I’m off to read a book – one that can be held in my hand, legible to the naked eye and not worn as a piece of jewellery!
“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”
by Mark Twain Photos: From DailyMaill online or otherwise where stated.