Cavorting Wee Beasties

According to Wikipedia, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek was a Dutch tradesman and scientist from Delft, Netherlands who is commonly known as “the Father of Microbiology.” He was born on October 24, 1632 and died on August 30, 1723.

Van Leeuwenhoek was the first person to ever observe microorganisms through a magnifying lens. He referred to them as “cavorting, wee beasties” and “animalcules.” I find both these descriptions to be utterly fantastic, especially the portmanteau “animalcules” (I’m obsessed with portmanteaus). The fact that van Leeuwenhoek used such inventive language in describing the results of his scientific inquiries instantly endears me to him and makes naming this blog in his honor completely worthwhile.

And then I came across this bit of his writing:

My work, which I’ve done for a long time, was not pursued in order to gain the praise I now enjoy, but chiefly from a craving after knowledge, which I notice resides in me more than in most other men. And therewithal, whenever I found out anything remarkable, I have thought it my duty to put down my discovery on paper, so that all ingenious people might be informed thereof. – Anton van Leeuwenhoek, from a letter dated June 12, 1716

In that spirit, I give you Look at the wee beasties! Thanks for visiting.

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One Response to Cavorting Wee Beasties

  1. Anonymous says:

    this is the art of a rebel with a cause of caring. Good work gentlemen!

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