Microscope from Micrographia: or, Some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses.
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Supplied Caption: Plate from Robert Hooke's Micrographia: or Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies Made by Magnifying Glasses.
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Have you ever peered through a microscope and seen tiny organisms up close? The image shows Robert Hooke’s compound microscope in an illustration from his book, Micrographia. Hooke was an English Renaissance man, which means that he was interested in and an expert of many different things. He was known as the English version of Leonardo da Vinci. His talents got him a job as the Curator of Experiments for the Royal Society of London, where it was his job to conduct experiments. While there, he invented the compound microscope. What made it compound? Instead of using only one lens, Hooke stacked lenses together to increase magnification and illumination. Later, when he researched and wrote the book Micrographia, Hooke coined the term ‘cells’ for the make up for plant and animal matter!