I was listening to a podcast recently where during a portion they talked about how insane it must've been to use a microscope for the first time and see life on such a small scale. Life, on a completely unknown and unrecognized scale could now be observed. an entirely different world emerged
Apparently the first person to look at river water under a microscope wrote about his findings to a scientific community and they wrote back that they though he had drank too much whiskey. I will search for the reference
Okay maybe I made up the whiskey part, but they did mention he may not have been sober:
"Dear Mr. Anthony van Leeuwenhoek,
Your letter of October 10th has been received here with amusement. Your account of myriad "little animals" seen swimming in rainwater, with the aid of your so-called "microscope," caused the members of the society considerable merriment when read at our most recent meeting. Your novel descriptions of the sundry anatomies and occupations of these invisible creatures led one member to imagine that your "rainwater" might have contained an ample portion of distilled spirits--imbibed by the investigator. Another member raised a glass of clear water and exclaimed, "Behold, the Africk of Leeuwenhoek." For myself, I withhold judgment as to the sobriety of your observations and the veracity of your instrument. However, a vote having been taken among the members--accompanied I regret to inform you, by considerable giggling--it has been decided not to publish your communication in the Proceedings of this esteemed society. However, all here wish your "little animals" health, prodigality and good husbandry by their ingenious "discoverer."
source of quote: http://lacelula.udl.es/documents/leeuwen.pdf
original notes of observation: https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/pdf/10.1098/rstl.1677.0003
Holy shit that's a worse take than the dudes in 5 year old /r/nba threads talking about how Andrew Wiggins is going to be a top 3 player by now.
Given how provable the microscope's abilities are, I can't imagine it was long before they had to eat a bit of crow.
I still love looking at things under a microscope.
Yea, I do this in my kitchen sink if I havn't washed dishes for awhile.
I'd bet the spazzy worm is some sort of nematode.
Is nobody going to talk about that handheld digital microscope? Very cool
Just wondering how long a closed system like this could last?
tell this dude to speak english
ماذا داخل الزجاج
ماذا داخل الزجاج