Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek: First to See Microscopic Life

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Using microscopes he made himself, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek peered into exciting new worlds in science that no one knew existed before. Beginning in the 1670s, he discovered tiny, single-celled living things that he called "little animals." His curiosity led him to examine lake water, moldy bread, and even the plaque build-up on his own teeth! Van Leeuwenhoek was also the first to see red blood cells and ...

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Overview

Using microscopes he made himself, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek peered into exciting new worlds in science that no one knew existed before. Beginning in the 1670s, he discovered tiny, single-celled living things that he called "little animals." His curiosity led him to examine lake water, moldy bread, and even the plaque build-up on his own teeth! Van Leeuwenhoek was also the first to see red blood cells and bacteria. In this biography, we discover why Antoni van Leeuwenhoek is remembered today as one of the great minds of science.

About the Author:
Lisa Yount is the author of almost 50 educational books, including Antoine Lavoisier and Antoni van Leeuwenhoek for the "Great Minds of Science" series

A biography of the cloth merchant-turned-scientist who made many discoveries examining microsopic life.

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Gr 4-8-This straightforward biography presents the life and achievements of the scientist who helped revolutionize the study of microscopic life. The writing style is typical of the series, with short, simple, rather choppy sentences. Leeuwenhoek was a fascinating man, however, and his unique path to scientific fame emerges to make this a lively read despite the sometimes dull text. He was a cloth merchant early in life, but his natural curiosity led him to make his own microscopes and begin his investigations. He lacked formal scientific training, so his own words about his work are very accessible and often amusing. His experiments also had a very human, personal element, as shown in the disgust he revealed when observing lice multiply on his leg over several days. The black-and-white illustrations include some of Leeuwenhoek's own work. More illustrations and diagrams would be helpful, though, since so much of his work was based on visual elements. While the stiff narrative keeps readers at a distance, Leeuwenhoek's personality and unusual approach to science come through.-Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766018662
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Series: Great Minds of Science Series
  • Edition description: UPDATED
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.14 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Exploring
Hidden Worlds     7
A Seller of Cloth     11
"A Most Ingenious Person"     23
"Little Animals"     38
Creepy-Crawlies     52
Inside the Body     64
The Beginnings of Life     77
"The Great Man of the Century"     87
A Microscope Pioneer     96
Afterword: New Kinds of Microscopes     101
Activities     107
Chronology     113
Chapter Notes     115
Glossary     120
Further Reading     124
Internet Addresses     125
Index     126

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