You have received the following translation of an amazing letter from
Anton van Leeuwenhoek. You do not understand the complex nature of
time travel, but you do not doubt that the letter is genuine.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
23 May, 1720
My Dear Associate,
One of my assistant lens grinders has told me of the potential
of providing this letter to you some years from now. While I am
not certain of his methods, he assures me that I will receive your
reply before I die. I have promised not to reveal any of your information
before my death, so you need not worry that your answers to my questions
will alter the course of scientific discovery. Your response will
be buried with me to make positively sure that others know nothing
of our exchange of letters. Please be honest and complete as you
answer these questions for me.
How has my microscope affected science through the years? How much
better have you made my device? Can you see smaller things than
even my wee beasties?
I have drawn two of my observations below. What do you call these
creatures? Are they still called animalcules? Are there more types
than these which I have seen?
I also suspect that perhaps larger creatures (and even mankind
itself, may the Church forgive me!) are made up of microscopically
small beasties and animalcules. If you can answer that without fear
of eternal damnation, please tell me the answers.
It is my dying wish to learn these things. Please do not deny me
in my quest for knowledge.
Your obedient servant,
Anton van Leeuwenhoek
Your task is to provide a reply for Anton. Write your answer to
his questions in the form of a formal letter. Remember that van
Leeuwehoek knows nothing of science beyond the 18th century. You
can concentrate your answers on the impact of the microscope on
biology and ignore the other areas of science.
Since your letter will be translated by van Leeuwenhoek's assistant,
you will need to be grammatically accurate and use correct spelling
to make the task of translation as simple as possible.
Use your creative ability. Write a rough draft in pencil and staple
it to the back of your final copy. Your final copy should be typewritten
using as many pages as necessary.