The microscope is a staple of the scientific community, allowing researchers to study what's too small to be seen by the naked eye. But how exactly did it rise to such notoriety?

This video by Sci Show takes a look at the rise and rise of the microscope, from its earliest form—little more than a tube with two lenses—to the advanced apparatus scientists use today. Along the way there's no shortage of quirky little stories about how they've been put to use, too. Well worth a little watch. (Get it?) [YouTube]