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ex Antonio à Leeuwenhoek, Arcana Naturae, ope & beneficio exquisitissimorum microscopiorum. Detecta, variisque experimentis demonstrata, una cum discursu & ultieori dilucidatione... Editio altera. Lugduni Batavorum, 1696.

This copy in the Barcelona Athenaeum Library; google books scan color only online, pdf is b&w.

Showing fibers (tubuli) in a small section of a molar, which van Leeuwenhoek estimates would total 4,822,500 for the entire tooth (see early English translation here).

Fits ongoing ruminations re: human as temporary infrastructure (apartment house) for component bacteria etc…
 

25 January 2013
tags: fibers; infrastructure; Leeuwenhoek, Anton van; lubes; molar