Microscope using a globule of water

    Date
    29 January 1696
    Creator
    Unknown, Artist
    Object type
    Archive reference number
    Manuscript page number
    p7
    Material
    Dimensions
    height (page): 303mm
    width (page): 193mm
    Subject
    Physics
       > Optics
          > Microscopy
    Content object
    Description
    Diagram explaining the optical principles of a microscope using a globule of water. Stephen Gray's design of such a microscope was printed in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol. 19, no. 221 (1696).
    Transcription
    Proposition the first. At what Distance the lenses of a sphericule of water an object must be placed to be seen distinctly
    Transcribed by the Making Visible project
    Object history
    29 January 1696, 'Mr [Matthias] Gray of Canterbury having communicated a paper of his brother [Stephen], containing a contrivance for making a microscope with a globule of water, whereby animals or any other substances if contained therein, might be seen magnified as the best microscopes, it was ordered that the experiment thereof be tried before the Society' (JBO/9/211).
    Related fellows
    Stephen Gray (1666 - 1736, British) , Astronomer
    Associated place
    <The World>
       > Europe
          > United Kingdom
    Credit
    ┬ęThe Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.15270
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