Through the looking glass

Barath, Harini (2016) Through the looking glass. i wonder.... pp. 90-94. ISSN 2582-1636

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ew of us can forget the first time we managed to make brick-like rows of cells, peppered with dots of cytoplasm, appear from a flimsy piece of stained onion peel after twiddling the wheels of a school microscope. An indispensable tool in many labs, the microscope is an instrument that helps us examine objects that are too small to be seen by our naked eye. This powerful invention has opened up the previously invisible world of cells and microorganisms to us. Even today, microscopes form the spine of many major areas of life science research, like cell biology.The first microscopes date back to the early 1600s. While it is not clear who the original inventor was, it is believed that the term ‘microscope’ was coined in 1625 by a friend of Galileo Galilei, a German doctor and botanist named Giovanni Faber 1 . In the years that followed, the microscope was increasingly used to examine and record biological structures. The most memorable contributions to the field of microscopy came about 50 years later, by Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, celebrated today as ‘the father of microbiology’.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Barath, Harini
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Science Education, Microscopes, Foldscope, Micro biology, biology
Subjects: Natural Sciences > Life sciences; biology
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > i Wonder...
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