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Happy birthday to the telescope

This month is the telescope's 400th birthday. Well, sort of. We know that in September 1608 an optician called Hans Lipperhey announced that he had...

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Lifesaving: a cultural response

I was very pleased to have the opportunity recently, in one of the NMM's staff seminars, to share some of my researches...

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Telescope stories: enlightenment's sword

While looking into the history of the telescope, I've been struck by the number of images that, perhaps unsurprisingly, show it symbolically as an...

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1759: Britain's Annus Mirabilis

This year sees the 250th anniversary of Britain's Annus Mirabilis. In other words, and in case your Latin's a bit rusty, 1759 was the so-called ...

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