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1. Early history

Simple magnifying glasses were used from at least the 13th century. The real history of the microscope (an optical magnification system consisting of lenses contained in a tube) began around 1600, at roughly the same time as that of the telescope (cf. Optics). The first accounts came from the Netherlands. Microscopes were soon also being built and used in England, Italy, and France. The best-known microscopists of the 17th century were the Dutchmen Antony van Leeuwenhoe…

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Schickore, Jutta, “Microscope”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 02 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024073>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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