Microscope

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Description
While simple magnifiers were in widespread use in the early years of the seventeenth century, the first depiction of compound microscopes appeared in La Dioptrique (1637), an essay on optics written by the French philosopher and mathematician, Rene Descartes (1596-1650). This is a replica of Descartes’ larger and certainly fanciful instrument.
Ref: Reginald Clay and Thomas Court, The History of the Microscope (London, 1932), pp. 14-15.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1936-1944
maker
Lucas, Joseph D.
place made
United States: Ohio, Cleveland
ID Number
MG.M-12225
catalog number
M-12225
accession number
271793
Credit Line
Mrs. Joseph D. Lucas
subject
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Science & Mathematics
Microscopes
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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