Room-temperature superconductor: oops!

Plus, telescopes.
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Civilization Trivia:

Who invented the telescope?

Hint: It’s complicated!


(Scroll to the bottom for the answer!)

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The answer: The credit usually goes to Hans Lippershey, a Dutch lensmaker, in 1608

The answer: The credit usually goes to Hans Lippershey, a Dutch lensmaker, in 1608

According to the website: “The first person to apply for a patent for a telescope was Dutch eyeglass maker Hans Lippershey (or Lipperhey). In 1608, Lippershey laid claim to a device that could magnify objects three times. His telescope had a concave eyepiece aligned with a convex objective lens. One story goes that he got the idea for his design after observing two children in his shop holding up two lenses that made a distant weather vane appear close. Others claimed at the time that he stole the design from another eyeglass maker, Zacharias Jansen.”