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First reading: Van Leeuwenhoek Microscope Question 1 Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek was a Dutch scientist who is highly celebrated for his work towards pioneering of microscope and his contribution in the discovery of microbiology. He was known as the father of microbiology. From his scientific studies in microbiology, we can learn various aspects in the milestone of the development of a microscope. Van Leeuwenhoek was so passionate about the study of microorganisms using lenses. He developed a great interest in lenses making which in turn lead in the advancement of microscope marking one of the scientific revolutions in history. Leeuwenhoek was very persistent and eager in his experiment as he tried to observe tiny objects using his microscope. He started with just simple lenses to observe the microorganisms as compared to today's microscope. It is through his lenses where he observed minute creatures (animalcules) moving in water of which they differed in number from different water bodies. This is believed to be the first observation of bacteria to be ever recorded. He succeeded in his discovery for remaining secretive by not revealing how his lenses worked. From the Leeuwenhoek works, it gives a historical breakdown of the stages the modern microscope has undergone up to date. We also deduce that the micro-organisms in the human tissues can be killed by adverse conditions such as exposing them to high temperatures and adding vinegar to them. Therefore Van Leeuwenhoek played a great role in the development of a microscope hence he deserves the name father of microbiology. Question 2 Although Van Leeuwenhoek did a great achievement in the discovery of lenses, he faced some challenges to convince other people to accept his concept. Once he wrote a letter to the Royal
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society explaining his discoveries, they doubted the existence of minute creatures which Leeuwenhoek claimed to exist. They claimed that Leeuwenhoek was exaggerating the large number of tiny creatures he had seen. Therefore, they requested for explanation in his calculations in which he could not provide. He also realized that because of the secret he had kept on how his microscope used to operate poses a challenge in convincing the society of how true his findings were. Although he disclosed that he was using a thin glass capillary tube in viewing the animalcules, he remained quiet about the type of microscope and lenses he was using to view, the light source or any other information that would be of help to someone trying to see for himself what Leeuwenhoek had observed. The pending information made it difficult for him to convince the royal society and explain fully to them how his microscope used to work.
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