Books by members

We have some talented and knowledgeable people among our members, and some of them have recently written books that are definitely of interest to microscopists but are not published by the Club.

The Freshwater Microscopist Part 2 by Tony PattinsonThe Freshwater Microscopist Part 2

By Tony Pattinson
2016, 116 pp, 15×23 cm, ISBN: 9781367170872, Price £15.67 plus p&p softcover
Further adventures in the collecting and observing of freshwater organisms. Heavily illustrated, with sections including bryozoans, tardigrades, nets, and cleaning and mounting diatoms. Although complete in itself, it is intended as a companion volume to “The Freshwater Microscopist”.

Available from blurb.

Pollen Microscopy, by Norman ChapmanPollen Microscopy

By Norman Chapman
2015, 21×21 cm, 132 pages full colour, ISBN: 978-1-907092-10-7, £21.00 plus p&p
For years we have been urging Club member Norman Chapman to publish his detailed drawings of pollen, and now he has, in “Pollen Microscopy”. The book includes colour photographs of the plants.

Available through Amazon or from the publisher Bee Books by CMI Publishing Ltd

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The Art of Invisible Landscapes, by Gwyneth ThurgoodThe Art of Invisible Landscapes

By Gwyneth Thurgood
2015, 98 pages, 72 illustrations (50 in colour), ISBN: 978-0-9933337-1-2, Price: £40
Gwyneth shares her stunning paintings, etchings, drawings and photographs as she interprets the vibrant colours and patterns she has discovered in crystals and chemical compounds under the microscope.

Available via Gwyneth’s website The Magic of Micro-Art.

Read a review (Quekett Journal of Microscopy 42(6) p. 539 (Winter 2015)).

The freshwater microscopist, by Tony PattinsonThe Freshwater Microscopist

By Tony Pattinson
2015, 112 pp, 15×23 cm, ISBN: 9781320438469, Price £15.35 plus p&p softcover
A personal approach to the practical aspects of collecting, viewing and photographing freshwater organisms. Heavily illustrated with images of specimens and equipment. Instructions on making permanent mounts and the use of polarised light.

Available from blurb.

Read a review (Quekett Journal of Microscopy 42(6) p. 538 (Winter 2015)).

The beginner's microscope, by Peter Evennett & Chris HammondThe Beginner’s Microscope

By Peter Evennett & Christopher Hammond
2015, 26 pp., ISBN: 978-0-9502463-9-0, free to schools
This booklet has been written to help pupils get the best out of the microscopes that the Royal Microscopical Society lends to schools in their Microscope Activity Kits.

Read a review (Quekett Journal of Microscopy 42(6) pp. 536–537 (Winter 2015)).

Understanding and using the light microscopeUnderstanding and Using the Light Microscope

By Chris Thomas & Lewis Woolnough
2014, ii + 54 pp., 21×14.8 cm., ISBN: 978-0-9929289-2-6, Price £8 plus p&p, also available as PDF and Kindle e-books
A straightforward, illustrated book with a QuickStart guide to help you get the most out of your microscope. Whether you use a microscope at work, for study or for fun, this simply written, informative booklet will help you get the best results.

Available from Milton Contact.

Extreme close-up photography and focus stacking, by Julian CremonaExtreme Close-Up Photography and Focus Stacking

By Julian Cremona
2014, 176 pp., 24.6×18.9 cm., 219 colour photographs, ISBN: 978-184797-719-9, Price £16.99 paperback, also available as an eBook
This practical book explains what is meant by macro photography and how to get even closer to your subject: not just a close-up of a butterfly, but details of the eye and wing scales. It includes techniques suited to any budget look at ways to photograph virtually any creature, whether terrestrial, marine or from freshwater. All the key elements to achieve extreme close-ups are built in a clear way, for both outdoor and studio use, and special attention is given to focus stacking, with both software and further enhancements covered.

Available from Amazon or The Crowood Press.

Read a review (Quekett Journal of Microscopy 42(3) pp. 221–222 (Summer 2014)).
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Life in UK freshwaters, by Tony PattinsonLife in UK Freshwaters

By Tony Pattinson
2013, 72 pp., Price £21.23 plus p&p softcover
A wide selection of micro and macroscopic images from ponds, rivers and lakes in the UK, interspersed with descriptions of the creatures themselves and the equipment and techniques used to create them.

Available from blurb.

Read a review (Quekett Journal of Microscopy 42(2) p. 143 (Winter 2013)).

An Introduction to the Microscopical Study of DiatomsAn Introduction to the Microscopical Study of Diatoms

By Robert B. McLaughlin (Edited by John Gustav Delly & Steve Gill)

2012, 532 pp.

“For a beginner this article alone would provide sufficient information for him to commence diatom research virtually at once and save him many hours of tedious searching through a wide variety of textbooks difficult to find and, more frequently than not, in German. I would recommend anyone interested in making diatoms a hobby, that they could do no better than starting with this article.” – Ed. Markham

Free downloadable PDF from The Amateur Diatomist

Read a review (Quekett Journal of Microscopy 42(2) pp. 145–147 (Winter 2013)).

Practical Digital Photomicrography: MatsumotoPractical Digital Photomicrography: Photography Through the Microscope for the Life Sciences

By Brian Matsumoto
2010, 184 pp, 25.2×21.3 cm, ISBN: 978-1933952079, Price £53.99 hardcover
Practical Digital Photomicrography is an introduction to digital photography through the microscope in which readers will learn about the techniques and equipment needed to obtain high-quality images of biological subjects.

Available from Amazon

Read a review (Quekett Journal of Microscopy 41(4) p. 358 (Winter 2010))
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Unseen Companions: Big Views of Tiny Creatures: SpearsUnseen Companions: Big Views of Tiny Creatures

Photos by David & Madeleine Spears, text by Adrian Warren
2007, 215 pp, 210 colour photos, 26×26 cm, ISBN: 0-9544350-4-4, RRP £19.99 hardback
This book reveals, at the turn of every page, the spectacular microscopic world, both inside and on the surface of our bodies, together with the artificial habitats that we provide in our homes and our gardens. Contains lots of award-winning scanning electron, light and macro images.

Contact David Spears to buy a copy at the discount price of £10 plus post and packing.

The Microscopic Photographs of J.B. DancerThe Microscopic Photographs of J.B. Dancer

By Brian Bracegirdle & James B. McCormick

1993, 288 pp., 9×12 inches, hardback with slipcase, ISBN: 0-940095-10-6, Science Heritage Limited, $97.50

John Benjamin Dancer was an optician who lived most of his life in Manchester. He was distinguished as a lecturer/scientist and was the inventor of microphotography. The Dancer microscopic photographs average 1/8″ in diameter and were produced as a scientific entertainment novelty to be viewed through a microscope or magnifying glass also produced and sold by Dancer.

Features 265 of the 277 listed titles in the Dancer 1873 catalogue and a total of 388 from the combined Dancer-Suter lists. Each of the J. B. Dancer atlas pictures is accompanied by informative notes that form a fascinating portrait of the taste and interests of the 19th Century.

Available to Quekett members for £10 + postage in the Members’ Shop.

Read a review (Quekett Journal of Microscopy 37(2) pp. 162–163 (Autumn 1993)).

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If you are a Quekett member and have had a relevant book published in the last few years, please contact the Webmaster with its details.

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