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Translation of a letter, from Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to Henry Oldenburg

Reference number: EL/L1/30

Date: 01 January 1677


Theory for the existence of different skin colours; observations of the reproduction of eels and their blood; observations of the reproduction of lice; compares the larvae of fleas with silk-worms; discusses Mr Swammerdam's views on fleas; demonstrating a grain of millet as a measure of capacity and states that he sends 8 testimonials about this (these have ref code EL/L1/29 and are found after this letter); numbers of organisms living in a drop of water
Translation of EL/L1/29

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01 January 1677
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Antoni van Leeuwenhoek

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Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, Translation of a letter, from Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to Henry Oldenburg, 01 January 1677, EL/L1/30, The Royal Society Archives, London,, accessed on 16 April 2024

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