The Advantages of Learning Traditional Microscopy
Microscopy is a highly advanced technology, and every year there are new and exciting capabilities being developed. It can be tempting to skip the obstacle course and head straight for the finish line, but we experience and learn very little by doing that. The essence of knowledge is understanding. Understanding is achieved through experience. And experience takes time, trial, and error.
To be a skilled microscoper, one must start from the beginning. Mastering the basics will make using more advanced systems much easier for you. I have seen scientists sitting in front of their multi-million euro imaging systems, complaining that it’s not working, only to find that they were putting the slide upside down. Invest in your basics, it will pay dividends.