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Page from “Essays on the Microscope”, George Adams (1750-1795), London, 1798.

The Rakow Research Library at the Corning Museum of Glass has an exhibition about the history of glass and the microscope on display through March 19, 2017.

Glass made it possible for scientists and artists to see tiny living creatures once invisible to the human eye. Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscopetells the stories of scientists’ and artists’ exploration of the microscopic world between the 1600s and the late 1800s. Their discoveries fed people’s hunger to learn more about nature, increasing the popularity of microscopes and driving improvements in scientific glass. These advances culminated in the 19th century with the advent of modern scientific glassmaking and the perfection of the microscope. Unleash your sense of discovery as you explore the invisible through historic microscopes, rare books, and period illustrations.

Find directions, blog posts, videos, and more on the exhibition page.

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