An unseen world exists inside a drop of water.

Parasites, fungi, amoebas, and toxin gobblers (called rotifers and copepods) feast and swim in 1.5 sextillion (a number with 21 zeroes) water molecules contained in a single sparkling droplet. Invisible predators prey upon other microbes within this one .05 milliliter-sized drip.

Van Leeuwenhoek’s “Little Animals”

Now—consider the millions of creatures paddling and slithering in ponds, puddles, fog, sinks, reservoirs–and tap water. We guzzle our bottles of Perrier and Aquafina without a thought of the thriving microbes inside.

In 1674, a Christian lay scientist by the name of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek used a homemade microscope to observe the undiscovered world of microbes. He named these tiny creatures “animalcules.”

Along with running a textile business, van Leeuwenhoek spent his life peering through tiny lenses that he fashioned himself. He is known as the father of microbiology, and expressed his belief that:

“From all these observations, we discern most plainly the incomprehensible perfection, the exact order, and the inscrutable providential care with which the most-wise Creator and Lord of the Universe had formed the bodies of these animalcules…” Schierbeek, Measuring the Invisible World: The Life and Works of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, 1959

Van Leeuwenhoek is one more Christian “giant” upon whose shoulders our scientists stand today.


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