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Chapter 19 : The Ten-Minute Leeuwenhoek Microscope

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I was on leave from teaching for a couple of years. The summer before re-starting my third-year Protistology course I began to think about some things I wanted to change. One thing I wanted to do was to add a section on the history of microbiology to put things into perspective and hopefully connect students with the material a bit. My colleague, Max Taylor, had a replica of a van Leeuwenhoek microscope that he once showed to me, and I thought it would be fun to make one as close to the original design as possible to show the class what it was like. I did some superficial snooping around about how it was built, including finding the original paper in the where he described the design. I realized it would be pretty straightforward, including making a lens that was pretty close to the ones he would have used.

Citation: Keeling P. 2016. The Ten-Minute Leeuwenhoek Microscope, p 80-83. In Schaechter M, In the Company of Microbes: 10 Years of Small Things Considered. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819606.ch19
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Citation: Keeling P. 2016. The Ten-Minute Leeuwenhoek Microscope, p 80-83. In Schaechter M, In the Company of Microbes: 10 Years of Small Things Considered. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819606.ch19
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Patrick melts a glass tube (while looking away!) to make a Leeuwenhoek microscope at the UBC Advanced Molecular Biology Labs High School Science Teacher Conference (October 2008).

Credit: Patrick Keeling.

Citation: Keeling P. 2016. The Ten-Minute Leeuwenhoek Microscope, p 80-83. In Schaechter M, In the Company of Microbes: 10 Years of Small Things Considered. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819606.ch19
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