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Telescopes were invented for commercial purposes. If you could stand in your tower overlooking the sea and identify first what ship was returning from the Orient with its cargo of riches...

Also: curiosity.

Here's part of the story. Galileo developed the first truly powerful telescope, and he did immediately use it for scientific purposes.

http://cnx.org/content/m11932/latest/

The July 2009 issue of "National Geographic" (p. 125) has a photograph of Galileo's first telescope, which is in a museum of science in Florance, Italy.

Richard Ebeling

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