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microscope : an instrument for making enlarged images of objects — Merriam-Webster   See also OneLook


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Microscope is an instrument used to see objects that are too small to be seen by the naked eye. There are many types of microscopes, and they may be grouped in different ways. One way is to describe the way the instruments interact with a sample to create images, either by sending a beam of light or electrons to a sample in its optical path, or by scanning across, and a short distance from, the surface of a sample using a probe. The most common microscope (and the first to be invented) is the optical microscope, which uses light to pass through a sample to produce an image. Other major types of microscopes are the fluorescence microscope, the electron microscope (both, the transmission electron microscope and the scanning electron microscope) and the various types of scanning probe microscopes. — Wikipedia

Microscope (Encyclopædia Britannica)



Talks about Microscope (TED: Ideas Worth Spreading)




Microscopy is the technical field of using microscopes to view objects and areas of objects that cannot be seen with the naked eye (objects that are not within the resolution range of the normal eye). There are three well-known branches of microscopy: optical, electron, and scanning probe microscopy.

Optical microscopy and electron microscopy involve the diffraction, reflection, or refraction of electromagnetic radiation/electron beams interacting with the specimen, and the collection of the scattered radiation or another signal in order to create an image. This process may be carried out by wide-field irradiation of the sample (for example standard light microscopy and transmission electron microscopy) or by scanning a fine beam over the sample (for example confocal laser scanning microscopy and scanning electron microscopy). Scanning probe microscopy involves the interaction of a scanning probe with the surface of the object of interest. — Wikipedia

Microscopy (Eric Weisstein’s World of Physics, Wolfram Research)
Microscopy Category (Wikipedia)



Microscope Campaigns (Kickstarter)
Microscope Campaigns (Indiegogo)




Microscopy History (Dr. John R. Stevenson)


The Golub Microscope Collection (University of California, Berkeley)

Links to Antique Microscope Collections and Sites of Interest (Antique Microscopes)


DDC: 570.282 Microscopy (Library Thing)
Subject: Microscopes (Library Thing)

Subject: Microscopes (Open Library)

LCC: QH 201 Microscopy (UPenn Online Books)

LCC: QH 201 Microscopy (Library of Congress)
Subject: Microscopes (Library of Congress)

Subject: Microscopes (WorldCat)




Microscopy (Cells Alive)
Microscopy Activities (Dr. John R. Stevenson)

MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
OER Commons: Open Educational Resources



Microscopy Society of America


Microscope (JSTOR)
Microscopy (EurekaAlert,AAAS)



Microscope (USA.gov)



Here are links to pages about closely related subjects.

Knowledge Realm


Law (Constant) Relativity
Force Gravity, Electromagnetism (Light, Color)
Matter (Microscope) Molecule, Atom (Periodic Table), Particle

Universe (Astronomical Instrument)
Galaxy Milky Way, Andromeda
Planetary System Star, Brown Dwarf, Planet, Moon

Our Neighborhood
Solar System Sun
Terrestrial Planet Mercury, Venus, Earth (Moon), Mars
Asteroid Belt Ceres, Vesta
Jovian Planet Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune
Trans-Neptunian Object
Kuiper Belt Pluto, Haumea, Makemake
Scattered Disc Eris, Sedna, Planet X
Oort Cloud Etc. Scholz’s Star
Small Body Comet, Centaur, Asteroid


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