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Microscopy and Literature (2019)


This article draws attention to literary works which have been influenced by microscopy, or in which microscopy has played a significant role. The work of writers including Jonathan Swift, Voltaire, George Eliot, H. G. Wells and D. H. Lawrence is discussed. In many cases these authors had direct experience of operating microscopes and viewing the wonders of the microscopic world. However, with the increasing separation of the two cultures, recent examples of microscopy in literature are rare.

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Authors & Contributors
Zuidervaart, Huib J.
Bryan Alkemeyer
Chvátal, Alexandr
Rijks, Marlise
Walsh, Erin Aileen
Szekely, Francisc
Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Science in Context
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
Parergon: Bulletin of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
University of California, Irvine
Arizona State University
Quekett Microscopical Club
Palgrave Macmillan
University of Michigan
Scientific apparatus and instruments
Science and literature
Instrument makers
Microscopes, electron
Swift, Jonathan
Leeuwenhoek, Antoni van
Purkyne, Jan Evangelista
Wells, Herbert George
Buffon, Georges Louis Leclerc de
Sprat, Thomas
Time Periods
18th century
17th century
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
Great Britain
Delft (Netherlands)

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