Craft & Design Science
‘Teeny Ted’ is worlds smallest book?

Reaching for your glasses won’t help you read this book. Teeny Ted from Turnip Town, written by Robert Chaplin, is written on tablets only 11×15 microns (1/1000 of a millimeter) wide. That means that you will need an electron microscope to read it. Though it was created back in 2007, this is the first I have heard of it.

To make the book, a focused ion beam machine was used to carve the pages into tablets of single-crystal silicon. It’s a pretty impressive feat to print an entire book in less than 7000 square microns, however I wonder how much physical space it would take to store it in digital form on a modern flash drive. Anyone know the calculation? [via international exhibition of calligraphy]