I concur with observations made by'A Customer' in the only other review available[It's out of date, and does not cover modern equipments]. Despite these shortcomings, the only serious omission is, for a book written at this level, is there being no mention of Kholer illumination, though setting up the microscope is discussed. Correctly setting up the instrument effects the potential the user has for enjoying, long term, the fascinating 'micro' world.
Given the modest price of many of the copies available, I rate this a very useful book for beginners who wish to delve into the fascinating world of microscopy. There is a wealth of basic instruction, that will serve them well. It provides real and practical information. Not intended to 'tell all', if it were it would of necessity be a huge tome.
Simply and clearly written, lacking a little in 'style' I rate it ideal however for the microscopist, wishing to become serious about the subject. Like all things it will not suit all, but represents a good starting point for the more serious budding microscopist.
I have been too stingy with my star rating, it should have 3 or even 3.5 ! "
Chapters:The microscope and essential tools; How to use the microscope; Examining simple preparations; Insect preparations; Exploring a drop of water; The structure of plants; The microscopic structure of animals; Bacteria; Microphotography with an appendix on microtome technique. Written in 1955; still using mirror reflection and monocular microscopes; no mention of numerical aperture, achromatic or apochromatic lens technology etc. Historically mildly interesting but of no value to a professional practicing microscopist....how to set up your microscope for Kohler illumination is not covered! "
By its cover the book looks as if it is intended for children, not so. It is over forty years old and well out of date in many aspects. I purchased it for my nine year old grandson but it is too old for him! "