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Paper, wood and copper that changed the world

by Pat Coate | April 05, 2009
"It's not just a telescope ... It is one of the greatest scientific instruments in mankind."
- Dennis Wint, Franklin Museum president

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - Galileo Galilei was not impressed by the telescope he came upon, suggesting the invention by the Dutch that supposedly would open the sky for exploration was a mere "toy."

The Franklin was able to secure the telescope and accompanying items on loan -- the only time they will be outside Florence -- over dozens of other venues around the world based on its ability to draw large crowds -- a King Tut exhibit broke records for attendance -- and its desire to tell an astronomy story, Wint said.

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