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.
- History-use of optical glass lenses by Greeks and Romans (perfected in Middle Ages)
- -First “microscope” Hans and Zacharias Jansen
- – Discovery of bending light (using polished crystals) to enhance size of images (Early as 700 BC.).
– 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”
- Why do we need microscopes?
- fulfills innate human “curiosity”
- Understanding of how nature works
- Biology, physics, etc
- 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)
- Connection between science and technology
- “Micro” and Nano technology concepts
- Chemistry and energy advances
- 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?
- 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.