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The Usborne Complete Book of the Microscope: Internet-Linked Turtleback – January 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Turtleback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Educational Development Corp.; Revised edition (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0794515584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0794515584
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.6 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has beautiful photographs and a lot of really great information.
Greg
We purchased this book along with a Celestron 44104 microscope and the 44421 Imager for our grandson to use for a science fair project.
E. J. Stewart
This book is perfectly suited to introducing microscopy to children and adults alike.
David J. Johnson

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186 of 188 people found the following review helpful By K. L. May on December 25, 2008
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I'm a registered nurse who recently decided to take up microbiology as a hobby. After purchasing my microscope on amazon, I thought it wise to re-learn the basics. This book exceeded my expectations and I absolutely love how it instructs you on how to: view crystal samples under polarized light, prepare insects for viewing, grow mold, make a spore print with a mushroom cap, create wet mounts and stain objects (2 methods), make a semi-permanent mount, grow crystals, how to make gelatin suitable for growing bacteria. Must-have for microscope enthusiasts of all ages.
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125 of 131 people found the following review helpful By S. Walberg on April 24, 2010
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The many, undoubtedly beautiful, photos are mostly from electronic scan microscopes, and are computer-color enhanced. They are indeed gorgeous, but the average child will be greatly disappointed that what she or he sees through their own optical microscope bears little resemblance to these showpieces. Better if many more of the photos were representative of what will be seen under "normal", amateur, home conditions.
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81 of 84 people found the following review helpful By a reviewer on February 27, 2008
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This is a birthday gift for my eleven year old son who recently got a digital microscope. He loves it, as does his seven year old brother. Great photographs. Also, it feels like a hardcover, not a flimsy paperback. Web addresses given for additional microscope learning. Very happy with purchase!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Neil Walter on October 28, 2010
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I don't like the extensive use of illustrations of subjects via a scanning electron microscope. If users are expecting to see this sort of thing through their simple compount microscopes they'll be quite disappointed.
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Jon E. Tucker on January 10, 2008
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We have a set of educational books that have the same learning structure as this book. It is very well laid out and I love the experiments and web links that go with each chapter. It's very easy to use and easy on the eyes.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 22, 2011
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This big, beautiful book offers an award-winning introduction to microscopy. It starts with a brief anatomy lesson, covering all the major parts of a classic microscope: objective lenses, eyepiece, and all the rest. The next few sections show sample microscope images at many different magnifications: bits of plants and bugs, and all the everyday kinds of things an eager beginner is likely to be curious about. It ends with directions for preparing your own slides using easily accessible materials (look for gum arabic at an art supply store).

Although this beautiful book will get a beginner off to an enthusiastic start, I'd hardly call it complete. It shows images from both transmission and reflection microscopy, without going into much detail about the different kinds of illumination. It barely mentions staining, and never gets into dark field vs bright field, phase contrast, polarized light, oil immersion, and other techniques, and never discusses binocular microscopes. But, for a kid who just got a microscope for Christmas, it's hard to imagine a better way to get started.

- wiredweird
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Majda on December 12, 2012
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Just bought a nice microscope and ordered this book to help me and my daughter learn more about using it and preparing slides, specifically the product description states it includes "Step-by-step diagrams show how to get the best from a microscope and how to make and keep slides." However, this book primarily shows off nice photos of things that have been magnified by various different microscopes and presents interesting facts about those things. There are two pages on how to use a microscope that are so basic they are not really useful. Almost one whole page is a simple diagram of a microscope and descriptions of each part like, "Focusing knob. Turn this to make the image sharp and clear." Under this is a box that essentially tells you to place the microscope on a table and adjust the mirror so light shines up at the specimen. The next page explains that microscopes can go from lower power to higher power lenses (duh) and concludes with a box that has the following instructions: 1) Place Specimen in the middle of a microscope slide 2) Put the slide on the stage so the part you want to look at is over the hole and light the specimen from below 3) Turn the focusing knob to move the lens close to the slide but make sure it does not touch the slide 4) Look through the eyepiece and raise the lens until the specimen looks sharp and clear. That's it! Written for someone who has never, ever, ever used a microscope before (like my six year old) but not in language that she could actually read on her own so really not very useful to anyone (unless you are a teen or adult who is/was homeschooled and so have never used a microscope before). No info on anything even sort of advanced, like using the oil immersion lens.Read more ›
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. Lister on December 16, 2009
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Complex subject matter is presented in a fun easy to read format. Great way to make science accessible to children showing an interest in the subject. Great companion piece when buying a microscope.
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