Introduction . . .

This is a brand new blog, by a brand new blogger. However, some readers may recognize this blog's title, taken from a series of books of the same name. Unfortunately, time has a way of gradually making printed material all too quickly outdated -- especially these days -- and so, this blog was created partly as an attempt to address that issue.

As we move forward from here on-going efforts will be made to transfer selected content from the Better Microscopy books series into this new format, not only to provide to provide more effective distribution, but also as a means for making timely additions and overdue updates to that material. In addition, much previously unpublished material is now planned to be released, including high-resolution color images.

The current plan is to aim for a content mix that is both interesting and educational -- perhaps even inspiring -- and which will address the needs and interests of a wide range of user levels, from beginner to semi-professional. With more decades of Microscopy experience than I care to admit, I hope I will be able to contribute something to others in terms of both knowledge and enjoyment.

I hope you find something of interest in new undertaking as it takes shape and gain much from its content, now and well into the future!

Just beware of the occasional attempts at humor...

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Progress -- 1st Download?

The link below should take you to a viewable/downloadable .pdf file.

The file content is a simple extract from one of the Basic Microscopy books and is included here largely as a "test case." If this linking proves reliable, then more, and better, examples should follow soon.

 Don't get nervous over the "Creative Commons" stuff -- basically, that just says the file is yours to do with as you wish, just as long as you don't try to sell the content, or change it and then re-distribute it. However, as long as you don't alter the file content, then you are free to give it (pass it along...) to anyone you wish. Also, you are free to copy the file to a CD or other memory device, or to print it, and use the result yourself or pass that along, as long as the actual content of the file is not changed. 

That said, here's the link to the first document:

This .pdf test file contains three introductory-level excerpts from one of the Better Microscopy books which discuss: Oblique Illumination, Basic Darkfield, and Low-power Darkfield. (Files covering these topics at a more advanced level are in preparation and should be released soon.)

Note that the page margins have been adjusted to permit direct printing on US standard 8.5 x 11in. paper.
(If necessary, similar files can be prepared for Euro-standard A4-size paper.)

Note also that the pages in the file retain the page numbering of the original (source) document, and there are only 7 pages in this file. So, when you see the high page numbers, don't think you ate missing a lot of pages -- they simply aren't in that file! This practice will be followed in future files so that separate releases may be aggregated later and easily arranged into the same page sequence as in the original book. 

This link will be tested for a couple of days on various systems and browsers to verify that it works reliably, and then additional, more detailed, documents will be introduced, as time permits.

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