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The story goes that while Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, a Dutchman with no fortune and no higher education tried to improve his viewing glass so that he could examine the threads in his linen from his Drapery. In his pursuit for the perfect silk, he noticed that the glass he used to examine the threads was beginning to get better. 

Being the amateur scientist he was; one day he walked down to a stream and brought back some water. Can you imagine the surprise he must have felt when he saw small creatures swimming around? There can't possibly be life at the level he thought? He penned what he saw and noted his observations and wrote a letter to the Royal Society of London, “In the year of 1675 I difcover’d living creatures in Rain water….” 

Met with great skepticism, Society member Christiaan Huygens was noted to say “I should greatly like to know how much credence our Mr. Leeuwenhoek’s observations obtain among you…after vainly trying to see some of the things which he sees, I much misdoubt me whether they be not illusions of his sight….” The Royal Society refused to accept Mr. Leeuwenhoek’s claims until one of their own members could duplicate his experiments. At first they failed.

It took years for anybody at the Society to believe him, as they simply could not reproduce the results, but once they did, Leeuwenhoek cemented his place as the father of microbiology, and it all started with this picture, and thoughts from that fateful letter: 

He wrote that “among all the marvels that I have discovered in nature, [these are] the most marvelous of all.”6 Later on he would declare: “From all these observations, we discern most plainly the incomprehensible perfection, the exact order of these animalcules, which are so minute as to escape our sight….”

Here is the first drawing anybody, ever made of a creature smaller than we can see with our eyes. 

If you where the first person with a microscope, what would you have looked at?

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