Modern Technology for Magnification of Stone Enscriptions
The smallest objects that the naked eye can see are about 0.1 mm long or 0.0039 inches. That means that under the right conditions, we might be able to see an amoeba, a human egg, and a paramecium without using magnification.
A nanometer is a unit of measurement length in the metric system which is one billionth of the standard unit of measurement “meter”. It is denoted by ‘nm’. It can be expressed as 1 nanometer = 1×10−9m.
Today with the best equipment it is possible to increase the magnification of the smallest object that the naked eye can see by one million times. The whole world changes when our vision increases by a power of one million.
How can we understand the magnitude of today’s magnification technology? Let’s take a look at this example. Consider a tool with a hard point that cuts rock and is the thickness of a pencil point. Make a groove in the stone’s surface. Next, magnify the groove one million times, or to the equivalent of one mile, about the size of the Grand Canyon. A golf ball with a diameter of 1.6 inches could be distinguished in a groove enlarged to the size of the Grand Canyon when viewed using electron microscopy at a million times magnification.
It is difficult to imagine the magnitude of these magnifications.