1981 September 23 - 1981 December 30
Through the Looking Glass: History of Microscopes explored the evolution of microscopes and their impact and was organized by the Museum the New York Microscopical Society, and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (1, p. 1; 4, p.2). Roger Lyman Batten of the Department of Invertebrates served as scientific advisor and consultant, with assistance from Norman Platnick of the Department of Entomology and John J. Lee of the Department of Invertebrates (2, p. 11; 3, p. 11).
Highlights (1, p. 1-2):
*Examples of instruments from early Leeuwenhoek bead of glass (circa 1673)
*Modern optical microscopes, including field, polarizing, inverted, axiomat, and microtime
*Black and white and color photographs illustrating range of magnification and different uses of microscopes
*Section on the flea, comparing Robert Hooke's illustration in Micrographia (1665) and a scanning electron micrograph enlargement
*Section featuring the louse
*Video of Museum research project using its scanning electron microscope (SEM)
*Photographs illustrating use of the SEM, including views of a butterfly's wing, table salt, and red blood cells
* Research of the Departments of Invertebrates, Mammalogy, and Entomology
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