Full page fresnel magnifying sheet with soft, flexible black frame to keep lens free from finger marks and scratches. To use just hold a few inches over the page to magnify subject matter. Large viewing area (9¾ x 7"/250 x 180mm) makes reading more comfortable. Also ideal for magnifying text, maps, documents and pictures. Magnification strength: approx. 2x.
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Beyond the grave: Augustin-Jean Fresnel
If ever you go to Paris and want an interesting detour off the beaten track then the Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, in the east of the city, makes for a fascinating day out. Situated on a huge site it is the biggest and most visited necropolis in the city, extending to 44 hectares with 70,000 or so burial plots. Many of these are quite spectacular, covering different architectural styles and a huge range of funereal art.
There are also lots of famous people interred here, including composer Frederic Chopin, writers Honore de Balzac and Oscar Wilde, actors Yves Montand and Simone Signoret, painter Camille Pissarro, and singers Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison.
You might also take time to seek out a lesser-known name, but an important one in the history of magnifiers, for it is here that you will find the last resting place of Augustin-Jean Fresnel (1788-1827), inventor of the fresnel lens.
Today his grave looks a little forgotten, being virtually unmarked as well as difficult to find – even with the help of the guide you can buy at the entrance.
It’s certainly in stark contrast to the grandiose one for Oscar Wilde that virtually leaps out at you –
Cimetière du Père Lachaise, 16 rue du Repos,75020 Paris
Tel.. +33 (0) 1 55 25 82 10
Metro:Père Lachaise, Philippe Auguste
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