A Brief History of Humankind Sapiens
Yuval Noah Harari
Contributed by Tereasa Jacob

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Chapter 14
Summary

The chapter simply discusses that the human beings had made numerous inventions and innovations. But, there was 99.99 percent ignorance about organisms and earth. Human beings did not know anything about microorganisms and therefore the discovery of a home-made microscope in 1674 by Anton van Leeuwenhoek is what helped people to view microorganisms. Basically, the discovery of ignorance laid the basis for scientific revolution as man, started working toward discovering those things they had never observed or felt before.

Analysis

From the chapter it is clear that humankind did not know anything about microorganisms. But, due to creativity and independent-mindedness of people like Anton van Leeuwenhoek, a microscope was invented to facilitate the understanding of microorganisms. Thus, the understanding of viral, fungal and bacterial diseases can be attributed to the discovery of ignorance.

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