An Introduction to Microscopy by Means of Light, Electrons, X-Rays, or Ultrasound

  • Theodore George Rochow
  • Eugene George Rochow

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Theodore George Rochow, Eugene George Rochow
    Pages 1-13
  3. Theodore George Rochow, Eugene George Rochow
    Pages 15-40
  4. Theodore George Rochow, Eugene George Rochow
    Pages 41-62
  5. Theodore George Rochow, Eugene George Rochow
    Pages 63-90
  6. Theodore George Rochow, Eugene George Rochow
    Pages 91-112
  7. Theodore George Rochow, Eugene George Rochow
    Pages 113-137
  8. Theodore George Rochow, Eugene George Rochow
    Pages 139-168
  9. Theodore George Rochow, Eugene George Rochow
    Pages 169-187
  10. Theodore George Rochow, Eugene George Rochow
    Pages 189-210
  11. Theodore George Rochow, Eugene George Rochow
    Pages 211-220
  12. Theodore George Rochow, Eugene George Rochow
    Pages 221-242
  13. Theodore George Rochow, Eugene George Rochow
    Pages 243-272
  14. Theodore George Rochow, Eugene George Rochow
    Pages 273-298
  15. Theodore George Rochow, Eugene George Rochow
    Pages 299-309
  16. Theodore George Rochow, Eugene George Rochow
    Pages 311-318
  17. Theodore George Rochow, Eugene George Rochow
    Pages 319-333
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 335-367

About this book

Introduction

Many people look upon a microscope as a mere instrument(l); to them microscopy is instrumentation. Other people consider a microscope to be simply an aid to the eye; to them microscopy is primarily an expan­ sion of macroscopy. In actuality, microscopy is both objective and sub­ jective; it is seeing through an instrument by means of the eye, and more importantly, the brain. The function of the brain is to interpret the eye's image in terms of the object's structure. Thought and experience are required to distinguish structure from artifact. It is said that Galileo (1564-1642) had his associates first look through his telescope­ microscope at very familiar objects to convince them that the image was a true representation of the object. Then he would have them proceed to hitherto unknown worlds too far or too small to be seen with the un­ aided eye. Since Galileo's time, light microscopes have been improved so much that performance is now very close to theoretical limits. Electron microscopes have been developed in the last four decades to exhibit thousands of times the resolving power of the light microscope. Through the news media everyone is made aware of the marvelous microscopical accomplishments in imagery. However, little or no hint is given as to what parts of the image are derived from the specimen itself and what parts are from the instrumentation, to say nothing of the changes made during preparation of the specimen.

Keywords

Galileo X-ray brain classification electron microscope electrons instrumentation microscope microscopy preparation scanning electron microscope scanning transmission electron microscope telescope transmission electron microscopy ultrasound

Authors and affiliations

  • Theodore George Rochow
    • 1
  • Eugene George Rochow
    • 2
  1. 1.North Carolina State University at RaleighRaleighUSA
  2. 2.Harvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4684-2454-6
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1978
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-2456-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-2454-6
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