• Dee Lawlor


The discoveries, advancements, and technologies that we enjoy today are the cumulative effort of millions of curious people over thousands of years. From the people who invented the wheel, the Greek philosophers, Renaissance explorers, instigators of the eighteenth-century enlightenment, Victorian taxonomists … as a contemporary scientist, you are the latest link in a very long chain.

The history of science—and how we have arrived where we are today—is a fascinating topic. I have started this book with a brief history of the microscope. I have also included a brief history of glass, as this has had a direct impact on the development of microscopy.

While the history of science is not essential knowledge, I encourage all scientists to learn about the evolution of their field and to explore the path that has brought us to where we are today.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dee Lawlor
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  1. 1.AberdeenUK

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