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The quest for the invisible : microscopy in the Enlightenment

Author: Marc Ratcliff
Publisher: Farnham, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate Pub., ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

Presents an account of the state of research into microscopy of the eighteenth century. This book connects changes in instrument design to an account of microscopical research during the eighteenth  Read more...


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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marc Ratcliff
ISBN: 9780754661504 0754661504
OCLC Number: 173509372
Description: xii, 315 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Production and visibility of microscopes in the first half of the eighteenth century --
The study of Animalcules at the turn of the eighteenth century --
Insects, hermaphrodites and ambiguity --
Towards marketing strategies for the microscope in the second half of the eighteenth century --
Abraham Trembley, the polyp and new directions for microscopical research --
The disputes over authority and microscopical observations --
The quantifying spirit in microscopical research and 'keeping up' with invisible objects --
The emergence of the systematics of infusoria --
From spontaneous generation to the limits of life: the microscopical experimentalist research from the 1760s to 1800.
Responsibility: Marc J. Ratcliff.
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'This sparkling study of eighteenth-century science challenges modern assumptions that the microscope was usually regarded as little more than a scientific toy. By taking an entirely fresh approach, Read more...

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