[Video] Animated mini-documentary about Antoni van Leeuwenhoek by the New York Times

Illustration © 2014 New York Times / Flora Lichtman & Sharon Shattuck (Sweet Fern Productions)

In 1674, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek looked at a drop of lake water through his homemade microscope and discovered an invisible world that no one knew existed. He was an unlikely pioneer — a haberdasher and city official by trade. In this film, we celebrate this 17th-century citizen scientist and a discovery that would ultimately change our view of the biological world, and our place in it.

View the documentary with spoken commentary by Lodewijk Palm and others at the New York Times Web Site.