In Holland, several stories have been preserved about the wonderful glass grinders. They say that in the city of Middelburg the glorious master Hans Lippersgay lived. And another master lived here - Zachary Jansen. Both of them were excellent grinders, they made lenses for glasses. Legend says that both had children - playful boys. Thanks to them, the fathers made discoveries!

That was so. Like any restless children, sons liked to hold instruments and polished glass in their hands in the absence of fathers. Once the sons of Lippersgay looked through the glass at church, which was visible from the window.
Camp Spyglass
Camp Spyglass

“Look,” - said one, - “the church has become small-small, but how clearly it is visible! All scratches on the walls are visible, and the colored windows, and the bell tower..."

“And in this glass,” - said another, - “it, on the contrary, is tremendous, but somehow it all blurred."

“What if the glasses are put together?”

No sooner said than done. They took out a copper tube, stuck a convex lens on one side and a concave one on the other. Now, when they looked into the tube through both lenses, the church looked large and was clearly visible. So the children of Hans Lippersgay "invented" a spyglass.
One of the First Microscopes
One of the First Microscopes

But the children of Zachariah Jansen did no less. The same story happened to them. The only difference is that they only had magnifying glasses on hand. With their help, they examined the skin on their hands, nails, hair. And having put two glasses into the tube, they received such a powerful magnifying apparatus that they were even frightened when they examined an ordinary fly into it.

So, according to legend, the first microscope appeared. The similarity of these stories makes one doubt both. Too simply they explain the invention of the amazing helpers of the human eye!