Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscope


Rakow Research Library
April 23, 2016 to March 19, 2017

Glass made it possible for scientists and artists to see tiny living creatures once invisible to the human eye. Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscope told the stories of scientists’ and artists’ exploration of the microscopic world between the 1600s and the late 1800s. Their discoveries fed people’s hunger to learn more about nature, increasing the popularity of microscopes and driving improvements in scientific glass. These advances culminated in the 19th century with the advent of modern scientific glassmaking and the perfection of the microscope. Visitors explored the invisible through historic microscopes, rare books, and period illustrations.

Micrographia, or, Some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses, with observations and inquiries thereupon / by R. Hooke. - Library
Ellis-type Aquatic/Botanical Simple Microscope - Artwork
Essays on the microscope : containing a practical description of the most improved microscopes; a general history of insects, their transformations, peculiar habits, and oeconomy... illustrated with thirty-two folio plates / by the late George Adams. - Library
Large fishbowl - Artwork
Assembled Foldscope (TM) with Accessories - Artwork
Leitz Petrographic Microscope - Artwork
Red Blood Cell Prototype - Artwork
Magnifying Lens with Stand - Artwork

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