Lens Making in the 1600s (video)

Corning Museum of Glass
Corning Museum of Glass

Three centuries ago, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek made hundreds of simple microscopes. He experimented with at least three methods to make their tiny lenses but kept his techniques secret. Based on scholarly research, this video made by The Corning Museum of Glass demonstrates how van Leeuwenhoek might have made his lenses. Learn more in Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscope, which was on view from April 23, 2016 through March 19, 2017.

In the blog post under Learn more, curator Marvin Bolt explains the background of the video and its production.