What do you see when looking at this object? Perhaps you see a lone microscope.
But you have seen microscopes from a young age, so what makes this instrument
any different? A detail is missing: what this microscope (which I call Mama
for its motherly role) helped discover is what makes it stand out from other
microscopes you have seen.
Thus begins the personal story of my fact.
A man has passed away; the man's microscope still exists. Both the man and his
microscope made a lasting mark on society: each was an actor in establishing
tumor angiogenesis, the growth of new blood vessels in tumors, as a medical
fact. This exhibit is different because it portrays the personal story of
tumor angiogenesis as a relationship between man and microscope, or human actor
and non-human actor respectively, and their quest to defy the conventional
theories of tumor growth of their time.
After having observed the exhibit, please read the essay “The Father and Mother
of Angiogenesis: Warring against the Scientific Community.” You shall discover
the life of Dr. Judah Folkman, who eventually earned the title of the “father of
angiogenesis.” You shall discover also that in dire times Mama was Dr.
Folkman's only supporter in his theory of tumor angiogenesis. Lastly you shall
read that the relationship between Folkman and Mama is a telling example for the
history of science: the human and non-human actor waged a war against their
community, and through their relationship, we learn how both actors won that