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Understanding of the Cell and a brief history of microscopy

This quote, made a real impact on my mind's vision of the cell. I can just imagine little monks scurrying from cell to cell. The rest of the article is also very good--a nice combination of biology, science history, and art history:

The word "cell" literally means "room". The term was first used in biology by the 17th-century British physicist Robert Hooke after he looked through a microscope at a slice of cork (which is composed of dead, dried-out plant cells) and saw rows of square holes lined up like monks' rooms--cells--in a monastery. ~Science -- Gamwell 299 (5603): 49