The Health Sciences Library is exhibiting a selection of our early 20th century microscopes. The exhibit is on the second floor landing at the South side of the building. The microscopes, made of brass, steel and glass, show the union of fine craftsmanship with precision research tools. Included in the exhibit is an example of a Bausch & Lomb microscope and two Carl Zeiss microscopes.
Also included in the exhibit is an image from what is perhaps the best known early treatise on the microscope was Robert Hooke’s Micrographia: or, Some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses. Hooke was the curator of experiments at the Royal Society of London when he was asked to give a series of lectures on his experiments with the microscope. He gave his first lectures in 1663, and in 1665 presented his work in the Micrographia. It is one of the earliest books devoted to microscopy, based on demonstrations Hooke arranged for the Royal Society The Health Sciences Library is honored to have a copy of this wonderful book in our rare books collection. All the artifacts and rare books in the Library’s collection are available for research with an appointment.
Information on using these resources can be found on our website at: http://hslibrary.ucdenver.edu/special-collections.
Additionally, information and images of the artifacts are available on the Health Sciences Library’s Digital Repository.
[Paul Andrews, Collection Development]