Published online 4 March 2011 | Nature | doi:10.1038/news.2011.116
Early microscopes offered sharp vision
Images from the first microscopes were clearer than was once believed.
A flea, as seen through an eighteenth-century microscope used Whipple Museum of the History of Science
poorly (left) and correctly (right).Whipple Museum of the History of Science
The first microscopes were a lot better than they are usually given credit for. That's the claim of microscopist Brian Ford, a specialist in the history and development of these instruments based at the University of Cambridge, UK.
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