Who were the contributors to the early development of the microscope? What barriers did they overcome to make their advancements?
What modern-day movements, if any, hinder the development of scientific understanding today? Consider popular phenomena like UFOs, witches, fairies, crop circles, ESP, psychic visits, and faith healing.
How has the objectification of nature through the rise of the natural sciences affected the relationship between humans and the natural world? Has the natural world been reduced or enhanced by the observation of the previously invisible world via the microscope?