The Natural Philosopher and the Microscope: Nicolas Hartsoeker Unravels Nature's “Admirable Œconomy”

  title={The Natural Philosopher and the Microscope: Nicolas Hartsoeker Unravels Nature's “Admirable {\OE}conomy”},
  author={Samar Catherine Abou-Nemeh},
  journal={History of Science},
  pages={1 - 32}
In a 1 685 letter to his younger brother Christiaan, Constantijn Huygens wrote, "How can a garcon like him who hardly knows any mathematics and hasn't had a masterteacher [maistre] set himself up as the first master of everybody?"1 The 'boy' in question was the twenty-nine-year-old Nicolas Hartsoeker2 (1656-1727). Constantijn seemed indignant at the news that "the same Hartsoecker who taught us how to make the small bead lenses for microscopes" had now mastered the art of making very large… 
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