The Microscope in the Dutch Republic: The Shaping of Discovery


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The Microscope in the Dutch Republic: The Shaping of Discovery Author: Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Cambridge University Press Pages: 364 Illustrations and other contents: 29 Halftones, unspecified Language: English ISBN: 9780521528634 Categories: , ,

Focusing on the two seventeenth-century pioneers of microscopic dicovery, the Dutchmen Jan Swammerdam and Antoni van Leewenhoek, Ruestow demonstrates that their uneasiness with their social circumstances spurred their discoveries. Though arguing that aspects of Dutch culture impeded serious research with the microscope, Ruestow also shows, however, that the culture of the period shaped how Swammerdam and Leewenhoek responded to what they saw through the lens. He concludes by emphasising how their early microscopic efforts differed from the institutionalised microscopic research that began in the nineteenth century.

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'Ruestow offers us an extremely thorough study of a fascinating period in the history of science ... Ruestow is to be congratulated for producing a work that will be read with profit for many years to come.' G. L. E. Turner, Nature ' ... clearly and lucidly written ...' Endeavour