My thanks go to Eberhard Raap (D), Gunther Chmela (D) and Klaus
D. Kemp (GB) for providing me with some arranged and strewn slides of diatoms and foraminifera.
I am grateful to my father not only for recording and providing me with the two epi-photographs of an alum crystallization taken in incident light (epi- bright- and darkfield) and their superimposition to
a digital sandwich (shown in the collection of supplementary images), but also for his advice and support in preparing various articles for publication in microscopy journals (see section “Personal publications”).
I would also like to express my thanks to Dipl. Phys. Dr. Hans-Jochen Strauß, patent attorney in Gütersloh (D), for filing the patent applications for my inventions (VBDC, VPDC, VPBC, application nos.: 10
2011 002 030.6; 10 2011 054 106.3; 10 2012 005 911.6).
My thanks go also to Mrs. Linda Tennant (GB) for liguistic revising my english manuscripts.
August 10th, 2012
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