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Scientist pens the 'smallest book in the world'

By The Siberian Times reporter
02 March 2016

So small, it cannot be read by the naked eye.

The micro-book at the top of the plate on a tiny spiral that can be turned over using a fine metal needle, while at the bottom he installed separated pages. Picture: Vladimir Aniskin

Novosibirsk miniaturist Vladimir Aniskin has created two of micro books with pages sized at 70 to 90 microns (0.07 mm to 0.09 mm). This is 88 times smaller than a book created by Japanese masters in 2013 and registered in Guinness World Records.

'The smallest book is a task that I set for myself five or six years ago and I have methodically accomplished this goal,' said the proud author.

As with all good books, it was not a simple task. 'It took several years and one month - a month of work and several years of preparation.' The book is on a gold plate on the shear of a poppy seed.

The smallest book


Vladimir Aniskin

'The smallest book is a task that I set for myself five or six years ago and I have methodically accomplished this goal.' Pictures: Vladimir Aniskin

The micro-book at the top of the plate on a tiny spiral that can be turned over using a fine metal needle, while at the bottom he installed separated pages. There are two versions of the miniature tome.

One is related to the famous Russian tale of the Crosseyed Lefthander from Tula and the Steel Flea.

This narrates a story about a left-handed arms craftsman who created small horseshoes for an English-made clockwork steel flea and thus proved the superiority of Russian masters over the English. The microbook contains the names of the masters from the Lefthander's team. 

The second version of Aniskin's book is the Russian alphabet. By December 2016, Aniskin is planning to create about 10 copies of each book and present them at the Novosibirsk Art Museum.

Camels in needle eye

 His collection includes many original works, including a caravan of camels in the eye of a needle. Picture: Vladimir Aniskin

He will take his work to the Microminiature Museum in St Petersburg, where staff plan to an application to the Guinness records experts.

He has been pursuing his downsizing hobby since 1998. His collection includes many original works, including a caravan of camels in the eye of a needle. Since 1999, Aniskin has worked at the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, part of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

He is responsible for the development and creation of microsensors for aerodynamic research.

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