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Microscopy School Lesson 1 – The History of Microscopy

Microscopes are very complex pieces of equipment that most often required in-depth knowledge and expertise to be able to take full advantage of its potential. Current microscopy takes full advantage of the laws of optics and physics foundations. Nevertheless, microscopes have evolved from the spirit and geniality of individuals, which, had the tenacity to “hand” build the first micro-scopes. The invention of the microscope opened the door to a previously unknown world, with massive impacts on our understanding of life, nature and on human overall health and wellbeing.

In this seminar, Álvaro Tavares (Álvaro Tavares Lab, Center Biomedical Research – Universidade do Algarve) will give an overview of the history of microscopy and simultaneously introduce some concepts in optics that are important for understanding microscopes, its components how it affects the resulting image.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an overview of history of microscopy.
  • Recognize differences between simple and compound microscope.
  • Understand basic concepts in optics and light that are key in microscopy.

Questions Answered:

  • What is the difference between simple and compound microscopes?
  • What is refraction?
  • What is the source of optical aberration in microscope objectives?

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