Microscope Research Paper Outline


Research Question:

What is the microscopes role in society’s technological and scientific development?

Thesis? A microscope is a timeless technology that is the foundation of past and future scientific development.

  1. History-use of optical glass lenses by Greeks and Romans (perfected in Middle Ages)
  2. -First “microscope” Hans and Zacharias Jansen
  3. – Discovery of bending light (using polished crystals) to enhance size of images (Early as 700 BC.).
  1. Definition

– What is a microscope?

– How does it work?

– Simple concept, multiple lenses (multiply magnification power)


-magnify (objects at Close distances)

-resolve object (dependent on light waves)

– make details visible

– Difference between telescope and other optical lenses

– Robert Hooke- first use to define “microbe”

  1. Why do we need microscopes?
  • fulfills innate human “curiosity
  1. USES
    • Understanding of how nature works
    • Biology, physics, etc
    • Research
    • Education (used in science labs in schools to help teach concepts)
  • impact of microbial world
    • (Diseases, medicine, food production,).
  • -Understanding the microbial world provides answers to larger scale phenomenon
  • Forensics? (other forms of scientific investigations besides research)
  1. Connection between science and technology
  •  “Micro” and Nano technology concepts
  • Chemistry and energy advances
  • Medicine
  1. Evolution of “trans-humanism”
  •  Bring back to eyeglasses- just simple tasks made possible! “Excel human’s natural sight limitations or at least compromise for natural human deficiencies.
  • Diagnosing diseases (Much more easy and accurate if you can actually SEE specific pathogen!)
    • Modern medicine and Life span increase
  • Consequences? Are we perhaps now “seeing” and observing things that were not “meant” to be seen. When has our curiosity gone too far?
  1. Future?
  • What role do microscopes have in the future of science? / How will this technology evolve?
  • Obviously still greatly needed- High number of scientific research (exact stat find during research) involves some sort of microscopic component/ observation
  • Their own development- Electron microscopes, SEM TEM, etc (different light settings, higher magnifying power, etc) Limitations of traditional compound. Specific uses for each kind (is one better to research different things..etc)
  • Is this technology “timeless?” (Unlike other technologies which are replaced or just no longer have a need in society anymore)
  • *This might be one of the most important aspects of this paper that I’ll focus on. I think it is important to look at technology not only at what it has given us, but also at its potential! I think it is very rare for a technology that has remained fairly similar in concept and design throughout hundreds of years has been the foundation for an unbelievable amount of other breakthrough, new, and rapidly developing technologies.
  • Human curiosity will always drive us to ask questions about the “invisible world”. Will there ever be a point in society when we know everything there is to know about the natural world, biological phenomenon, etc.
  • *Tie curiosity back to beginning (why have microscopes?) and as evidence for why technology will be timeless.
  1. Conclusion

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