Share
Explore BrainMass

Cell Theory and the Microscope

Choose one theory-spontaneous generation theory or cell theory-and select one statement that corresponds to the theory you want to refute or support:

Spontaneous generation theory

1. Frogs come from muddy soil because they always appear in that environment.
2. Flies come from rotten meat because they always appear where meat is rotting.

Cell theory

1. Without the invention of the microscope, the cell theory would not have been possible.
2. All living things are made up of cells.

Provide evidence for or against the statement you chose.

Solution Preview

Hi there,

Here you go:

Cell Theory, Without the invention of the microscope, the cell theory would not have been possible.
- Support.

It is hard to argue against this statement. The invention of the microscope made the discovery of the cell possible. This was primarily down to the improved lens-grinding techniques pioneered by Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723). In 1678, he reported to the Royal Society that he had observed "little animals" - These were in fact bacteria and protozoa in a number of samples. These findings were later confirmed by Robert Hooke (1635-1703).

T­here is no doubt that this paved the way for the ...

Solution Summary

Cell theory and the Microscope - how they are linked in history

$2.19