A real microscope that’s portable and easy to use, it enlarges objects 150 times. Observe lots of natural elements such as pollen, leaves, salt crystals, textile fibres and more to discover their every detail.
- Ages 8+
- 150x magnification
The first microscope to be developed was the optical microscope. Evidence points to the first microscope appearing in the Netherlands in the late 1590s, and was probably an invention of eyeglass makers Hans Lippershey and Zacharias Janssen. There are other claims that the microscope and telescope were both invented by Roger Bacon in the 1200s, however this theory has insufficient proof to back it up. Giovanni Faber coined the name “microscope” for Galileo Galilei’s compound microscope in 1625. Galileo himself had called it the “occhiolino”, or “little eye”.
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