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Chapter 0 - Download the Ebook

0 - 1 Thank you for your purchase of Through the Microscope

Welcome to Through the Microscope

Thank you for purchasing the book!  You should now have access to all the chapters. Here are some important features included in the online book that you should make sure you utilize.

1) The table of contents is the main jumping-off point for the book. From here you can get to every page of the book.

2) An online search function makes it easy to find pretty much anything you are looking for in the book. Searching is handy when you are trying to find a section that you knew you read. Especially when preparing for a test or working on problem sets.

3) Animations and movies. There are many in the book. If you are reading the hardcopy, you will be directed to the website when a figure is an animation. Videos and movies will help you learn the concepts in the book, so take advantage.

4) Highlighting. You can highlight information in the text by selecting it and then clicking on the Toggle Highlight Button located at the bottom of every page in the book tools menu. When it's study time, you can also recall this information by selecting the chapters that you want and choosing collect highlights.

5) If you ever get stuck contact me using the contact form of the website.

Good luck and enjoy!


0 - 2 Dedication

Writing a textbook is never an individual effort, and I would like to take a moment to thank all the people who helped along the way. Through the Microscope has been a labor of love for over a decade. Many people gave valuable input and made the way easier in many ways.

To the Bacteriology Department. Thank you for providing the opportunity and creating an environment where teaching and learning matter. It is an honor to work with such gifted and talented people—specifically, thanks to Robin, Jon, Diana, Jorge, Jo, Sarah, Melissa, Michelle, and Judy. I have learned much about learning, teaching, and life from each of you. And a special thank you to my former co-author, Gary Roberts, who has since retired from academic life and writing this book. As if you didn't have enough to do, you joined me in this quixotic adventure. Your contributions to the book have made it infinitely better than what I could have created by myself.

To my mother. Though you have been gone for over 30 years, your love and lessons stay with me. You taught me to work hard and instilled in me a passionate curiosity about the world. Your example and love still sustain me. To my father. You have always been someone I looked up to for how you moved through life, constantly overcoming the obstacles in front of you with a positive outlook. You were up to any challenges placed in front of you, and you met them all. I will never forget your smile and the light in your eyes.

To my children. For those times when dad was working on the book, and you needed something, I don't regret stopping to help. For the laughter, the sledding, the trips, and for just hanging out. I thank you. Your presence and sense of fun make life worth living.

Finally, to my wife. Thank you for your patience, as I spent many nights at the computer, instead of with you. For your sage advice, when I came up against a difficult problem. For your encouragement when I feared I would never get it done. And for your love, that makes everything I do worthwhile.

To all the friends who gave me advice and encouragement on the book, I owe you one, especially those of you who read preliminary copies and gave me advice. I cannot say how much it meant to me to have your guidance, your excitement, and counsel.

0 - 3 Instructions for buying Through the Microscope

We designed Through the Microscope as an online resource, unlike most textbooks on the market that create online resources as an afterthought to sell you their overpriced hard copy. Thus, the pricing model is different. You are paying for a subscription to gain access to the material. 


  1. First, register for the site using the registration form.
  2. After filling out your registration, you will get an Email from the site asking you to verify that you genuinely did register for the site. This email can end up in your junk folder, so please look there if you don't find it in your inbox.
  3. Follow the directions in the verification Email and then log into the site. 
  4. Once you are logged in, click on the Buy Now button for Through the Microscope on the front gage and follow the prompts. Once you are finished, please return to this site.
  5. You may need to reload the table of contents to gain access to any pages.
  6. If you have any problems with this process. Please contact the author using the contact form. 

0 - 4 Download the Ebook

If you would like to view Through the Microscope in a Kindle or ePub compatible device, please download the Ebook by following these links:

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