ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

compound microscope

Updated on January 6, 2018
Source

First things I want to present to you about is who invented the compound microscope, and how it was introduced. A lens maker named Zacharias Janssen invented it around 1590s with the help of his father Han Janssen. Zacharias Janssen actually didn’t want to be a lens maker, he just wanted to make counterfeits coins, his brother was a minter so he could have easily learned how to make counterfeits. One day, Zacharias Janssen was playing around with lenses to make more delicate counterfeits. He found out that putting multiple lenses together makes it a lot stronger than just 1 lens. These microscopes were far from perfect, they could only magnify up to 9 times, and it was very blurry inside, but it introduced the people a whole new world of microscopic organisms.

Next, I want to introduce you to how the compound microscope looked and how it works. The outside was usually made out of bronze or iron, there were several lenses inside the tube, this lens was made from a special glass. The 2 basic lenses are the objective lens and the eyepiece. It works by refracting light coming from the objective lens into the eyepiece and then into your retina. It was pretty much inferior to the other simple microscope which consisted of only 1 lens, early makers couldn’t find a way to make the glass perfect so it wouldn’t be so blurry. Making the lens was quite difficult as well, early inventors use zinc oxide to make the lens, but they didn’t know the properties of the chemicals and what shape they should be made in.

Another interesting topic I want to talk to you is about how the compound microscope was important to society during the Renaissance and how did it improve people’s lives or make something possible or make something more efficient? The microscope sparked the interest of many not just scientists, but regular people throughout Europe. It led to many new discoveries in the field of biology, human anatomy, and even medicine. Francesco Stelluti made the first scale image of a bee, he discovered that bees and some insects had compound eyes. The microscope led to the first discovery of a cell from a toilet roll in 1663. Doctors and old men also became interested in how people get sick and how to treat them. They also began studying blood circulation and bacteria. The compound microscope was very important to this period, it led to a whole new field of sciences.

You may not realize this but much of our lives would be very different. The compound microscope inspired many of today’s microscope, like the light microscope, or the electron microscope. You should thank the microscope that you get a vaccine every year, without it, there would be higher mortality rates in the world. Do you use a Computer or laptop or a phone or a tablet, those all have transistors inside them and the makers use a microscope to put them inside. Without it, the periodic table would have never been discovered, the magnetic spectrum would have been a mystery, maybe we would still think that the earth was in the middle of everything. Maybe another Black Plague would happen again and we could have done nothing about that. The compound microscope is a big portion of life even though we don’t consider on being a scientist.


Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)