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Letter, from Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to the Royal Society, dated at Delft

Reference number: EL/L1/73

Date: 05 January 1685

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Examination of salts in wine and vinegar; conglomeration of salts from wine and vinegar in the stomach; the effects of wine on the body; observing salts in the crystalline water (vitreous body) of the eye; the need for food and water to sustain the body; discussing the smallest particles of water and disputes Rene Descartes's theory on this; theory about the sense of taste - salt, sour and sweet
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Transcribed and translated in 'Alle de brieven van Antoni van Leeuwenhoek', edited, illustrated and annotated by Committee of Dutch Scientists, vol 5, p 3
English extract printed in 'Philosophical Transactions', vol 15, no 170, p 963

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EL/L1/73
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05 January 1685
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20 pages
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Manuscript

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Antoni van Leeuwenhoek

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Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, Letter, from Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to the Royal Society, dated at Delft, 05 January 1685, EL/L1/73, The Royal Society Archives, London, https://makingscience.royalsociety.org/items/el_l1_73/letter-from-antoni-van-leeuwenhoek-to-the-royal-society-dated-at-delft, accessed on 26 May 2024

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