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Tiny worlds

The human eye is limited. Our vision only reveals some small part of the physical world. We look out to the heavens and know that vast spaces exist beyond our ability to see them. Tools, like the telescope, help us see further, but still more remains unseen. We look into a drop of water and know that elements and organisms exist even though we can't see them. The microscope has opened the window to these microworlds, allowing the human eye to see the unseen. Like the outer reaches of space, however, more microworlds may await our first sight.

Before beginning an investigation of microscopic worlds, spend some time getting to know the field of microscopy. Extensive resources are available to get you started. Literally, microscopy is the magnification of minute objects. Figuratively, microscopy is the transportation to tiny worlds. Let the adventure begin.
Microscopy UK
Microscopes and Microscopy
Microscopy Society of America
Internet Guide to Microscopy

From ancient times, scientists have used the magnifying lens to see the unseen. Since the first compound microscope, developed in the 16th century, technology has continually evolved, offering increasingly better tools. The light microscope and the scanning electron microscope are two familiar scientific instruments.
History of the Light Microscope
Scanning Electron Microscope
MicroAngelo - Electron Micrographs
Dennis Kunkel's Microscopy Science and Photography Through a Microscope
Microscope History

Imagine the thrill of first sight. Seeing some microscopic organism that has never been seen before must surely be magical. Every scientist who ever looks through a microscope hopes for the magic moment. These resources offer some of the images that were once magical for a moment.
Cells Alive
The Microbe Zoo
Microbes in the News

If you're not sure what you should be seeing, these collections of images reveal micro-organisms for your consideration.
Protist Image Data
Volvox Images

Managing microscopes in a classroom can be challenging. With the right activities and directions, however, microscopes can provide meaningful scientific investigation and discovery. These activities are recommended.
Students Using Microscopes
The Water Drop Project

It always helps to have good quality materials for your investigations. It also helps to have an expert nearby. These resources should help deepen your microscopic investigations.
Carolina Biological Supply
Moody Medical Library Collection of Historical Microscopes


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