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Even educational technology folks tend to forget about microscopes when thinking about "ed tech," however in the health sciences we cannot afford to forget that this was certainly the first technological tool to profoundly impact on teaching. This is certainly true in the health sciences, and most likely in other disciplines as well. While originally microscopes were large clumsy inefficient affairs, like most technologies we have know, they became smaller, less expensive, and more effective over time. As that process occurred, they became increasingly useful in education as students could buy their own microscopes and bring them with them to classes. Microscopes are also a marvelous example of another phemomena in educational technology -- the technology that just wouldn't die. When a technology meets an informational or educational need elegantly and effectively, and is portable and flexible, it becomes very difficult to replace, even as newer technologies come on the market and compete for more specialized niches. Microscopes do one particular thing very very well, and as such are even today still being used in education. A true success story.
Detail of Slide Box
Detail from a Box for Transporting Glass Microscope Slides
Smith & Beck, ca.1865
A Smith & Beck universal microscope, ca.1865
Robert Hooke's Microscope, ca.1678
Microscope reputedly made for Robert Hooke
by Christopher Cock, ca.1678
R&J Beck, ca.1852
R & J Beck (London), ca.1852
Early inexpensive binocular microscope
Divini microscope, ca.1668
Monocular Microscope by
Eustachio Divini (Italy), ca.1668
G. V. Black's Microscope, ca.1860
G. V. Black's personal microscope,
made by Edmund Hartnack, ca.1860
Compound Microscope, ca.1670
A Compound Microscope, ca.1670
Glass Microscope Slide showing Histological Specimen of Cells from the Lip
Glass Microscope Slide showing Histological Specimen of Cells from the Lip
NOTE: Pictures on this page provided by Sylvia Nicholas, captions from an article by Ron Sims in the Jan/Feb 1998 issue of Library Notes from the Galter Health Sciences Library.

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