Would it be
possible to make a microscope on the island using just a basic array
of wire, glassware, kitchen utensils and a car battery but not a
clean glass lens in sight?
a microscope work?
a microscope is just a lens. You can see the principle quite easily
by looking through a tiny drop of water. Try balancing a water droplet
on a 2mm (.078 in.) hole made in cardboard and looking through it. You'll have
to get your eye very close and the object you're looking at very
close too but it magnifies surprisingly well.