The Telescope in the Seventeenth Century

  title={The Telescope in the Seventeenth Century},
  author={albert van helden},
  pages={38 - 58}
THE AIM OF THIS PAPER IS TWOFOLD: first, to discuss the role played by science in the development of the telescope, and second, to attempt to assess the influence of the telescope on scientific ideas in the seventeenth century. Much of what I have to say is not new, but it is not my purpose to present new information. I want to try to interpret, or rather reinterpret, the available information. I believe that the development of the telescope has not been properly understood, and that the role… 
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