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Under the Microscope: A Brief History of Microscopy [Hardcover]

William J. Croft
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September 27, 2006 9810237812 978-9810237813
This is a brief history of the development of microscopy, from the use of beads and water droplets in ancient Greece, through the simple magnifying glass, to the modern compound microscope. The technology and optical theory are developed in a straightforward manner, and this leads to a description and explanation of the most modern technologies in electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy as well as the new scanning probe microscopies. A series of very interesting applications of the various microscopic techniques are described. The most recent pioneering techniques in near field and confocal optical microscope technologies are described and evaluated for their future importance.

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  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company (September 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9810237812
  • ISBN-13: 978-9810237813
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,341,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Accuracy? March 18, 2014
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The book does not seem to be comprehensive or accurate. I am not sure what objective the author had in writing this.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Errors in the simple stuff October 9, 2013
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This is my kind of book, but fortunately Amazon has the preview feature and I was able to look inside. When explaining refraction, it shows a stick dipped in water that bends the wrong way. And the description of soldiers marching into a ploughed field also bent the wrong way. How can you write a book about microscopes if you don't know how a simple lens or prism works? Two stars because I didn't see the whole book and it might have some redeeming qualities which aren't apparent at first glance.
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