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Offline reggy_a

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Scientist with no education!!
« on: 04/10/2013 08:44:56 »

“What can a man without even primary education, contribute to the field of Science?” Our answer to this question may be “No! Nothing” But we are wrong. Such a man also contributes much if he has the will and the determination.

The best example is Anton Van Leeuwenhoek, the Dutch biologist and microscopist of seventeenth century microscopist. As his family very poor he could not complete his primary education. His father a basket maker died when young Leeuwenhoek was only sixteen and the youngster became a clerk in dry goods stores in Amsterdam. Then he opened a drapery shop in his home town Delft. Then he joined as a sinecure doorkeeper at the Delft city hall, a position he held rest of his life.

As he had much leisure time and he lived only for his hobby, grinding lenses. In his life time he ground a total of 419 lenses. Many of these lenses were focused on some permanently mounted objects and though some of which no man other than him self looked. Leeuwenhoek worked alone with his lenses. He had a passion for looking closely at small. He looked at every thing from tooth scrapings to ditch water. He studied in detail the development of tiny insects and he found parasites living on fleas which no body had noticed and reported till then.

Leeuwenhoek noticed certain tiny moving objects through his microscope and he under stood they are micro organisms and he named them as animalcules. Thus he be became the first to discover the one called animals now called Protozoa.

He was the first to describe Spermatozoa. He wrote voluminously to the Royal Society in Dutch. In all he sent 375 communications about his discoveries but the society did not gave importance to his findings.

Robert Hook built a microscope according to Leeuwenhoek’s specification and he conformed the observations of Leeuwenhoek. Leeuwenhoek found a new tiny structure which was later named as bacteria. No one else was to see bacteria again for over a century.

Hence his life history is an eye opener to all those aspiring success in life.


 

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Re: Scientist with no education!!
« Reply #1 on: 25/10/2013 21:57:21 »
That's a different biography than the one I read, which said that Leeuwenhoek microscope wasn't made with lenses on the eye glass model. He put a piece of glass in a flame, forming a bubble, and used that curved surface to look through. He was in the fabric business and wanted a closer look at the fibers to judge the quality of the cloth he was buying. But then he started looking at other stuff, and got into almost as much trouble with the Church as Galileo, for looking at semen, in which he saw tiny cells with tails! Who'd of thought. Robert Hooke gets the credit for naming cells "cells," but he was looking at dead cork and couldn't see anything inside them or movement. Sometimes I wish they had kept Leewenhoek's name "wee beasties" for microorganisms.
 

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Re: Scientist with no education!!
« Reply #2 on: 21/09/2014 22:10:21 »
"wee beasties"?
 

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Re: Scientist with no education!!
« Reply #3 on: 28/09/2014 09:06:28 »
Quote from: reggy_a
What can a man without even primary education, contribute to the field of Science?” Our answer to this question may be “No! Nothing”
That depends on the age in which one lives. What was being discovered hundreds of years ago was much simpler than what is being discovered today so your answer is wrong in general.
 

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Re: Scientist with no education!!
« Reply #4 on: 29/01/2016 22:44:34 »
What with most scientific educational institutions teaching stuff which turns out false a Primary education would be one which a person teaches himself/herself through a lifetime of investigation and experience.
 

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Re: Scientist with no education!!
« Reply #5 on: 30/01/2016 00:05:09 »
The problem with learning by experience is that you spend most of your life discovering stuff that other people already knew, which leaves little time to discover anything not already known. Some scientific knowledge was acquired at considerable risk to life and limb: I'd prefer to read about the toxicity of alpha radiation, or the terminal speed of a falling person, rather than kill myself finding out.
 

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Re: Scientist with no education!!
« Reply #6 on: 05/12/2016 10:34:52 »
Surely the plan in that circumstance is put OTHER people in harms way and record the effect on them...

I have an interesting idea about bullet proof vests... volunteers?
 

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