400th Anniversary of Galileo's Telescope

Who invented the telescope? Not Galileo. Who first pointed it at the heavens? Again, it wasn't Galileo. So then why do we honor him today? A number of the leading searches today on Google Trends include "galileo s inventions" (sic) and "who invented the telescope." A fair amount of the interest, doubtless, was prompted by Google itself, which celebrated the "400th Anniversary of Galileo's Telescope" with a graphic on its homepage. But there's some mythology at work here. The first...Full Story
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