Friday, April 28, 2006
# Posted 8:55 AM by Patrick Porter
Not for Antoni van Leeuwenhoek the post-coital cigarette that day in 1677. No sooner had he finished making love to his wife Cornelia than he was up at his home-made microscope, discovering in his semen a “vast number of living animalcules”, little wriggling creatures with rounded bodies and long, vigorous tails. The Dutch draper and microscopist had confirmed, for the first time, the existence of spermatozoa.(6) opinions -- Add your opinion
Which raises the question of precisely where this sample landed, facilitating Mr. Van Leeuwenhoek's effort to collect it and place it on a slide.
Thanks guys, made my night ;)
(As a development nut, I'll probably be adding that book to the fun summer reading pile...)
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