LESSON 1. History of Microscopes
Students learn how the microscope developed and influenced scientific
changed the world in its understanding of the importance of
Scientists, researchers, and doctors would finally have a tool which could
guide their limited eyesight into a world full of fantastic creatures.
This reader helps the students look at the evolution of
First the microscope needed to be invented and then used as a tool
in research. Students should get an
appreciation of the difficulty of an invention that needed constant
refinement. Even today, new and better microscopes are being created as we
understand our physical world.
In the next section
we will look in detail of the optics so students can appreciate the
ingenious people who invented a tool that is one of the symbols of science
1. N. Africa (Egypt, 2500BC); 2.
eye, Al-Haithan, first century; 3. convex objective, concave eyepiece; 4. Kepler;
5. Galileo; 6. Christian Huygens; 7. simple microscope; 8. Robert Hooke;
9. Joseph Lister; 10. Eriom Schrodinger; 11. Transmission Electron
Microscope; 12. 3D; 13. Atomic Force Microscope, Magnetic Force Microscope,
Scanning Near Field Optical; Spin Polarized Scanning Tunneling Microscope; 14.
Marcello Malphighi, histology; 15. as a tool to aid his research in