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From The CriticsReviewer: Alvin Telser, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book on the use of the light microscope introduces all of its classical and modern techniques and applications. It provides thorough theoretical and practical explanations and examples of how to use a microscope in all these applications.
Purpose: The author intends this book to be used by beginners in light microscopy and has written it with that emphasis. This is a very worthwhile purpose since there have been very few, or perhaps, no textbooks of this type in many years.
Audience: "Although this book is intended to be used by beginners, it would be useful to more experienced microscopists as well because of the range of topics and the expertise, clarity, and thoroughness with which they are covered. The author of this book is a well known cell biologist and a recognized expert in the many applications of light microscopy. "
Features: This book has 16 chapters, three appendixes and a glossary. The chapters describe and discuss essentially all of the modern uses of light microscopy, including the use and role of digital technology. Each chapter provides a theoretical basis for that type of microscopy, practical instructions on how to set up the microscope for that kind of optics, and useful ways of demonstrating the technique to the learner. The appendixes, glossary, and index are thorough and useful.
Assessment: This excellent book is not only well written, useful, and informative, it fills a gap in the textbook literature on the fundamentals of light microscopy. It will be of use in many cell biology courses and as a reference book for anyone who wishes to use any technique of light microscopy.