At the Institute of Veterinary Physiology, we perform microsurgery that requires the assistance of a dissecting microscope. With the tissue highly magnified, we can perform tiny, precise movements to complete a variety of procedures. While microsurgery is just one component of our research, it symbolizes a process that all scientists carry out—zooming in on a specific problem.
When we focus our attention on a single aspect of something, whether using various forms of microscopy or not, this changes our perspective greatly. Minute details become more obvious, but it can also be a challenge to see how this small part fits into the whole. Using a dissecting microscope, we have prepared magnified images of both objects found in a science lab and everyday life. Participants can test their ability to recognize these objects when only a very small, magnified part is displayed.
Images prepared by Christina Boyle and Michelle Aimée Oesch.