Robert Hooke - Micrographia (1665)
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There is scarce any one invention, which this nation has produced in our age, but it has some way or other been set forward by his assistance.... He is indeed a man born for the good of mankind, and for the honour of his country.... So I may thank God, that Dr. Wilkins was an Englishman, for wherever he had lived, there had been the chief seat of generous knowledge and true philosophy.
Me thinks it seems very probable, that nature has in these passages, as well as in those of Animal bodies, very many appropriated Instruments and contrivances, whereby to bring her designs and end to pass, which 'tis not improbable, but that some diligent Observer, if help'd with better Microscopes, may in time detect.