The challenge of manipulating microscopic objects has given rise to various clever and intricate mechanisms each with its own advantages and peculiarities.
It is possible to get a reasonably complete picture of the technology of micromanipulation because it has been used in a fairly narrow range of scientific settings. Such an overview lets us observe the evolution of a scientific instrument through changes in technology and scientific practice. We can see how new ideas give rise to new instruments as well as how new instruments make new investigations possible.
Here, little by little, I want to map the technology of micromanipulation from its origins to the recent past.