30 Dec, 2009
Jennifer Frazer at The Artful Amoeba has a post on Leeuwenhoek and she links (figuratively and electronically) our historic hero to the modern Dutch photomicrographer, Wim van Egmond.
Van Egmond is very well known in the photomicrographic community and some of his amazing work can be seen at Micropolitan Museum of Microscopic Art Forms. One of Wim van Egmond’s latest projects includes his participation on the VPRO Beagle expedition, as they travel in the wake of Darwin. There he has been busy doing work suitable to the current heir of the observational tradition of Leeuwenhoek.
And visit this article to see how Wim van Egmond has discovered the secret to Leeuwenhoek’s success!
28 Dec, 2009
The Renaissance Mathematicus sheds light on Kepler’s appendix…and how it influenced renaissance scientists and modern optics…
17 Dec, 2009
The Whipple Museum of the History of Science in Cambridge, England houses a collection of “...scientific instruments, apparatus, models, pictures, prints, photographs, books and other material related to the history of science.” It was initiated when the University of Cambridge received a donation of instruments and books by Robert Stewart Whipple in 1944. One of the collections consists of microscopes, and in this collecton are two replicas of Leeuwenhoek microscopes:
Antoni van Leeuwenhoek made a vast number of microscopes during his lifetime; 248 were sold at auction in 1747, but only 10 are thought to have survived. The microscopes themselves have a single lens and are very difficult to use, as was noted during Leeuwenhoek’s lifetime. The Whipple Museum has two 19th-century reproductions by John Mayall.
Read the complete article on the replicas and view a brief Leeuwenhoek biography at the Whipple Museum Explore site.