Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963954 | Print ISBN: 9781412959087 | Online ISBN: 9781412963954| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Tahawur Khaleeq & Muahmmed Zeeshan Ali
A MICROSCOPE IS an instrument used to observe structures that are too small to be seen by the naked eye. It usually does so by using different lenses that can refract waves, and when focused, these waves can give an image that is much larger then the object itself. This instrument, which is of vital importance, especially to the field of health sciences, has a very interesting history. When early man saw natural glass for the first time in the volcanic rocks, little did he know of the uses it was to have. Even the person standing in front of the first coated glass, appreciating the perfect reflection it had to offer—so unlike the wavering reflections given by flowing streams and stagnant pools—must have known little of the real beauty hiding within that light—reflecting piece of art. How amused early man would have been when the reading stone was used ...