The Scientific Method – A Historical Application
For centuries it was believed that living things could come from non-living material. For many years, observations seemed to indicate that some living things could just suddenly appear: ( spontaneous generation )
maggots on meat
mice in grain
beetles on cow dung
About 2000 years ago, a Roman poet wrote these directions for producing bees.
1. Kill a bull during the first thaw of winter.
2. Build a shed
3. Place the dead bull on branches and herbs inside the shed.
4. Wait for summer. The decaying body of the bull will produce bees.
In 1676, the Dutch scientist Anton Van Leeuwenhoek invents the microscope, revealing a microscopic world of the wigglies. Once again, interest in spontaneous generation was revived…(though on a smaller scale…)