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Telescope ver 1.0

April 12, 2009

Today we went to the Franklin Institute in Philladelphia to see the Medici exhibition of rennaisance astronomy and surveying instruments. The sheer range of gold plated amazing gadgetry on display proved intoxicating. The entire exhibit was topped off by the original of Galileo’s telescope, secretly photographed below:

The astrolabes, armillary spheres and sextants were augmented with mechanical calculators, cosine and sine machines and protractors. Hmmm, what a joy to see scientific positivism materialized.

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