A Guinness World Record

A Guinness World Record

Have you ever wondered what is the smallest book in the world? You might think of some miniature books that can fit in the palm of your hand, or even on your fingertip. But what if I told you that there is a book so small that you need a powerful microscope to see it? That book is the New Testament of the King James Bible, and it was reproduced on a crystalline silicon tablet that measures only five millimeters square. That’s about the size of a pencil eraser!

This amazing feat of microtechnology was achieved by: John MacKay a semiconductor manufacturing expert; Pawan Sinha, an assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences at MIT; Pamela R. Lipson, a fellow Ph.D. graduate from the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory; and Keith R. Kluender of the University of Wisconsin at Madison and. They created the Words of Matter New Testament chip, which was recognized as the smallest printed book reproduction in the Guinness Book of World Records.

How did they do it? They used a technique called photolithography, which is also used to make computer chips. Photolithography involves using light to etch patterns on a surface coated with a light-sensitive material. The researchers used a laser beam to write each letter of the text on the silicon tablet, which was covered with a thin layer of chromium. Each letter is about the size of a red blood cell or a small bacterium. The entire text of the New Testament, which contains all 27 books, 260 chapters, 7,959 verses, 181,253 words and 838,380 letters pure 24k gold. To read the text, you need to magnify it 600 times.

The researchers chose the New Testament as their subject because they wanted to create something that would have a lasting value and significance for humanity. They also wanted to demonstrate the potential of photolithography for storing large amounts of information in a very small space. They superimposed the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, alpha and omega, on the tablet, to signify that it contains everything from beginning to end. They also derived this symbol from a passage in the Book of Revelation (22:13), where Christ says, “I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”

The smallest book reproduction is not only a remarkable achievement of science and engineering, but also a beautiful expression of art and faith. It shows how human creativity and ingenuity can overcome physical limitations and create something extraordinary. It also shows how God’s word can be preserved and transmitted in any form and scale. The smallest book reproduction is a testament to both human and divine power.


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