Sunday, March 6, 2011

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.

Philip Ball 

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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