🎧 The Telescope
🎧 Patented: History of Inventions • 32m
The telescope marked, arguably, the first invention to truly transform a human sense. For the first time it allowed our eyes to observe the universe beyond the bounds of our Earthly home.
But how did this groundbreaking instrument first come about? Today on the show we find out who really invented the telescope (it wasn't Galileo, actually), why it was embraced by some and shunned by others, and explore its lasting impact on how we see our own world.
Our guest is Susan Denham Wade, author of The History of Seeing in 11 Inventions.
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🎧 The Aeroplane
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