Microscopes and Accessories: How to Make and Use Them


WE are very doubtful whether the first portion of this book, dealing with the practical construction of a microscope by the amateur, will serve any useful purpose. Such an instrument, however well constructed., must almost inevitably fall far short of the perfection attained by the instrument makers, even if the amateur be a first-class mechanic, and efficient instruments may nowadays be picked up second-hand at ridiculously low prices. In the description of the tube, all that is said with regard to the attachment of the objective is that at the bottom (of the tube) a disc of brass is sweated on, the hole in its centre being 7/8in. diameter, and chased with a fine thread; not a word about the standard screw now adopted by all makers. The latter portion of the book, dealing with the preparation and mounting of objects, is concise and to the point, but presents nothing novel in its treatment of the subject.

Microscopes and Accessories: How to Make and Use Them.

Edited by Paul N. Hasluck. Pp. 160. (London: Cassell and Co., Ltd., 1905.) Price 1s. net.

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