Through the microscope

Electromagnetic Spectrum

Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start….

I’m revising some basics so that I may become a better microscopist. Here is a lovely diagram of the electromagnetic spectrum. I’m sure most people are familiar with it. I intend to write rather more in future, because I learn best by writing, but I’m completely knackered so today I shall post only a picture taken from

Cute diagram isn’t it? I love the way they illustrate the relative sizes of the waves. 

To say I’m knackered is an understatement. I’m completely exhausted. I haven’t been sleeping at all well. I have one of those brains that doesn’t turn off easily and I have been reading obsessively. For the last few nights I have been unable to get to sleep for several hours after turning in because my mind is full of physics, microscopes, the history of microscopy and physics, polarized light, polarizing microscopes and illumination units.

One night I tossed and turned for several hours unable to get the images of lamp housings out of my head. Ah well, there are worse subjects to ruminate on, I’m grateful that I’m losing sleep over lamp housings, I could be fretting about where my next meal is coming from.

Live long and prosper!


Comments on: "Electromagnetic Spectrum" (1)

  1. I want you to know that I was a good student, Professor Penny, and read the entire page at the link — even when I thought my head might explode. 🙂
    Actually, I was happy to study a bit of science that I could comprehend. Thanks for sharing it.

    Yes, sleeplessness over something I actually like would be an improvement over my nightmares about work… But at least you have company in your insomnia.

    Have a good week,


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