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Microscopy refers to the technical use of microscope for the purposes of observing small objects that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Because of their usefulness in magnifying the size of samples, microscopes have become invaluable tools in a variety of fields including biology, botany, forensics, education and metallurgy to name a few. Apart from being professionally used in these fields, microscopes are increasingly being purchased for home use for kids and by microscope enthusiasts.
MicroscopeMaster’s first book of its series titled “From A to Z - Introduction To Your MICROSCOPE" is intended to serve as a primary resource for students and those enthusiasts who are beginning to use microscopes.
In the book, our author, H M Anderson, extensively covers various topics on microscopy in a bid to help the reader master the foundational principles of microscopy. The following is a brief look at the main chapters in the book.
Chapter 1 - 3
From chapter one through to chapter three, the
author explains the history of microscopy (light microscopes) parts of the
microscope and provides an introduction to light microscopy. Here, the author
provides a good history of light microscopes, which will definitely help the
reader understand the components that have been added to the light microscope
over time to the development of the microscopes we have today. Chapter three
provides more details about light microscopes, comparing them with electron
microscopes to show some its strengths and benefits over the electron
Chapter 4 - 7
Chapter four through to chapter seven of the
book are largely dedicated to the types of light microscopes and light
microscope techniques. With advancements in microscopy, there are different
types of light microscopes and light microscope techniques that students need
to know about if they are to use microscopes successfully. This section
identifies the differences between these types of microscopes, how they work
and there uses in a concise manner, allowing for a deeper understanding. This
is a particularly important section that will help students and those who are
just starting to use microscopes to have a good understanding of different
types of light microscopes before making a purchase or using a microscope.
Chapter 8 - 10
These chapters focus on setting up the
microscope, focusing and the objectives. Having understood the different types
of light microscopes and how they work in the previous chapters, these three
chapters will inform the reader on how to actually use the microscope for
making observations. This is also an important section of the book in that it
focuses on the practical aspects of microscopy. Through these three chapters,
the reader will be in a position to identify all the microscope objectives and their
uses, set up the microscope and focus on the specimen for clear observation.
Chapter 11 - 12
Chapter eleven and twelve of the book focus on
the various accessories and enhancements of a light microscope as well as
applications of light microscopes. Having understood the basics of microscopy
such as setting up a microscope and focusing to observe the specimen, it is
important for users to understand the different types of accessories and
enhancements used to increase functionalities and enhance the experience.
Chapter 10 highlights the different types of accessories (glass slides, filters
etc) and enhancements such as microscope cameras, which are used to meet a given
need of the user. Here, the reader will get to learn about a wide range of
accessories and enhancements, how they are used in microscopy and for what
functions. In chapter 11, readers will also get an opportunity to learn about
the different applications of light microscopes and their significance in these
Chapter 13 - 17
Chapters thirteen through to fourteen educate
the reader about the qualities of a good light microscope, different types of
specimen and specimen preparation and ultimately give simple practice experiments
to begin with. At this point, the reader has a good understanding of light
microscopes, different types of light microscopes, their uses and how to use
them. This section provides crucial information about what to look for when
planning to purchase a light microscope, different types of specimen that can
be observed using a light microscope and several simple practices to try. The
five chapters are particularly important for students and those new to
microscopy given that those users are at a high risk of purchasing low quality
microscopes. Here, the reader will
find useful information to guide them through this process as they look for the
most suitable microscopes depending on their needs. Here, the reader will also
get an opportunity to learn about different types of specimen and how to
actually prepare them for observation.
Today, microscopes are not just for professional use in biology and laboratories etc, but also used in homes for fun and as a hobby. Regardless of what the microscope is intended for, it’s important to have the right information and knowledge about different types of microscopes to ensure that one gets the best possible microscope to suit their needs.
"From A to Z - Introduction To Your MICROSCOPE" is an excellent book with extensive information about microscopes and will provide extensive knowledge about light microscopy thereby allowing you to master the foundational principles of microscopy. This is therefore a "must have" book for all microscope enthusiasts and offered at a great price.
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questions please feel free to contact the author, H M Anderson, writer and
researcher here at MicroscopeMaster.com who is your resident microscope geek.
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