Beautiful Specimens

Wikipedia tells us: “A microscope slide was originally a ‘slider’ made of ivory or bone, containing specimens held between disks of transparent mica. These were popular in Victorian England until the Royal Microscopical Society introduced the standardized microscope slide in the form of a thin sheet of glass used to hold objects for examination under a microscope.”

I’d like to add the following: Antique microscope slides, looked at from a strictly aesthetic standpoint (egged on by a design obsessed brain obviously) are some of the most elegant and perfectly beautiful human artifacts on planet earth. You can quote me on that. See below for irrefutable scientific aesthetic evidence.

08.19. filed under: art. design. science.


BEAUTIFUL assembly.

posted on 08.19 at 05:58 PMdarkneuro


my word. your blog gets me.

much love.

posted on 08.20 at 01:10 PM.


this was lovely. glad you are back.

posted on 08.20 at 10:58 PM.


I really haven’t been paying attention: it’s only today I noticed the return of the Nonist.

These are marvellous: thanks for bringing them to light.

posted on 08.21 at 04:35 AM.


Have you ever seen or read about traditional japanese “wabi-sabi” (and analogies also with “raku” pottery maybe..) aestethics? Well then to me… there’s something in those slides echoing a beauty, a beauty dismissed. Oh well maybe there is some kind of biological process still going on in there… but.

posted on 08.22 at 06:02 PMdaniel


@ Daniel: Indeed I have. Good Call.

posted on 08.22 at 07:57 PMjmorrison


it should be “voila” and not “viola.” :-)

posted on 08.25 at 04:10 PM.


I am always awed by the meticulous care that goes into assembling each lovingly hand-crafted blog post here at the nonist. Beautiful.

posted on 08.30 at 05:53 AMbluewyvern

return to the front page