Having very encouraging parents at the age of eight, my father and mother told me that I could become a scientist one day when I told them I wanted a microscope. I received my microscope that Christmas. I was holding it like forever. I found myself in the world of the unseen, thinking that soon I could become a Nobel Peace Prize recipient for various scientific discoveries of new forms of life, new medicines, or anything that can benefit humankind.
I looked at everything I could get my hands on under that little microscope.We had a rare snowfall that winter, and it was the diversity and beauty of the snowflakes that captured my heart and made me hold my breath in awe and wonderment. Each snowflake was a beauty in its own intricate artwork, like a marvelous present handed from above.
The microscope's mixture of glass lenses and light allows small invisible things to appear large to the naked eye. There were early magnifiers, burning glasses and magnifying glasses as scribed by Seneca, Pliny the Elder, and Roman philosophers during the first century A.D.These pieces of magnifying glasses were called lenses because they were shaped like the seed of a lentil.
It only used a hollow cylindrical object with a lens on one end that can magnify ten times the object's appearance and on the other end is a plate for the specimen. These were the first models of a microscope. They used to call it flea glasses as well because of their curiosity on examining fleas and other insects with it.
The discovery of objects seemingly viewed as bigger was done by experimenting on a variety of lenses in a pipe by Zaccharias Janssen and his son Hans in 1590.The instrument improved over the years as different inventors added their knowledge and expertise. A lens with a focusing device was Galileo's contribution in the microscope's enhancement in 1609. However, the scientist regarded as the founder of microscopy is Anton Van Leeuwenhoek of Holland. He used a magnifying glass to conduct thread counts on fabric when he took a job as a novice in the dry goods store.He learned how to grind and polish little lenses to great curvature up to 270 diameters of magnification.He began to build microscopes and eventually made biological discoveries that made him famous. He is the first to record microscopic observations of bacteria, yeast plants, organisms in water and blood flow in capillaries. To have done that was a very great accomplishment.Little improvements were made up until the 19th century when an American, Charles A. Spencer founded the manufacturing industry of fine - the best - optical equipment with magnifications up to 1250 diameters with regular light and 5000 with blue light.
With the variety of microscopes in the market, you can pick one that can satisfy your child's curios mind or take a look at those used by the business sector, in research laboratories and for health examinations.No matter the size, it is surely to fascinate.
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