Seeing the Invisible: The Story of the Electron Microscope

Seeing the Invisible: The Story of the Electron Microscope

Seeing the Invisible: The Story of the Electron Microscope

Seeing the Invisible: The Story of the Electron Microscope

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To simplify and personalize scientific facts and ideas without distorting them to some extent is practically impossible. Whoever is rash enough to attempt to do so at once finds himself daintily impaled on one or the other horn of a (dilemma: whether to strain the facts into all sorts of dubious analogies in an effort to make his presentation interesting, thereby incurring the righteous wrath of top-notch scientists; or to hew rigidly to the line of technical accuracy on all points, at the risk of being unintelligible to those who turn to his work for information. The one easy way to resolve this state of affairs is to be a minor genius, with a profound knowledge of science coupled with a flair for imparting its concepts correctly and clearly without being other than entertaining in the process. Short of this, the only solution is to decide which is more important -- to secure the unqualified approval of experts, or to reward the intelligent curiosity of laymen with at least some measure of comprehensible explanation. The latter is the purpose of this book.

As a rather low percentage of those who read it will do so with the intention of becoming electron microscopists, it seemed advisable to slur over the details of the construction and operation of the instrument and to concentrate on its applications to . . .

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