Microscope Research Sources

To prepare for writing my final essay, I decided to gather ten possible sources to use for my research. I attempted to find a mix of both historical books and recent peer reviewed articles to give my paper a range of perspectives. I have also found that articles make gathering and compiling research a lot easier because they tend to me less dense and more directive with important information. One challenge that I foresee is synthesizing a clear directive for this essay. It is going to be very easy to write a simple summary of the microscopes history, but will be a challenge to take this information to the next step and develop my desired thesis. It almost seemed like the microscope has been overlooked in society, so no one has really dedicated time to researching or analyzing its impact because it is not a controversial topic. Everyone is aware of what microscopes do and agree that they are important to society, and rarely question how they may impact the future or have helped society develop. I was considering switching to a much more controversial topic such as AI, thinking that it may have mire in depth and analytical research since it is a source of controversy in society. However, I think an important challenge of this course is to encourage us to reflect on society’s reliance on even the simplest technologies, and how we are changing do to these relationships.

Baker, H. (1742). The microscope made easy: Or, I. The nature, uses, and magnifying powers of the best kinds of microscopes described, calculated, and explained: for the Instruction of such, particularly, as desire to search into the Wonders of the Minute Creation, tho’ they are not acquainted with Optics. Together with Full Directions how to prepare, apply, examine, and preserve all Sorts of Objects, and proper Cautions to be observed in viewing them. II. An account of what surprizing discoveries have been already made by the microscope: With useful Reflections on them. And also a great variety of new experiments and observations, pointing out many uncommon Subjects for the Examination of the Curious. By Henry Baker, Fellow of the Royal Society, and Member of the Society of Antiquaries, in London. Illustrated with Copper Plates. London: Printed for R. Dodsley, at Tully’s Head in Pall-Mall.

Carpenter, W. B. (1883). The microscope and its revelations. New York: Wood.

Ellis, W. S. (1998). Glass: From the first mirror to fiber optics, the story of the substance that changed the world. New York: Avon Books.

Fournier, M. (1996). The fabric of life: Microscopy in the seventeenth century. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Gilbert JA, Neufeld JD (2014) Life in a World without Microbes. PLoS Biol 12(12): e1002020. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1002020

Kalderon, A. E. (January 01, 1983). The evolution of microscope design from its invention to the present days. The American Journal of Surgical Pathology, 7, 1, 95-102

Lee, E. H., Hsin, J., Sotomayor, M., Comellas, G., & Schulten, K. (January 01, 2009). Discovery through the computational microscope. Structure (london, England : 1993), 17, 10, 1295-306.

Rasmussen, N. (1997). Picture control: The electron microscope and the transformation of biology in America, 1940-1960. Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press.

Rasmussen, Seth C. (2012) “How Glass Changed the World: The History and Chemistry of Glass from Antiquity to the 13th Century. Springer Science & Business Media.

Raymond, Coleman.(2009) “Can histology and pathology be taught without microscopes? The advantages and disadvantages of virtual histology”, Acta Histochemica, Volume 111, Issue 1, Pages 1-4,


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