Re: White Death--Technical Discrepancy
- Frequently you will read that Galileo invented the telescope in
1609. However, he did not invent it. The telescope was invented by
pirates near the Venetian coast in Italy. It was used to see ships
at further distances. Galileo got one of these spyglasses as a
present and improved upon the design of it and used better quality
lenses. I, however, do not have a date as to when it was actually
invented, it may have been several hundred years ealier.
--- In email@example.com, "James" <covediver@y...>
> I remember as a grade school kid reading an illustrated storyabout
> Columbus that had him looking through a spy-glass for landfall. Ithe
> recall the teacher pointing out that this was inaccurate, since
> telescope would not be invented for another century.to
> So imagine my concern when on page 3 of the newly released "White
> Death" when I read "Pulse quickening, Aquirrez raised the brass
> spyglass that hung by a cord around his neck, snapped the sections
> their full length and squinted through the eyepiece."happended.
> If the information I have is correct, it could not have
> While there is arguements over who actually invented thetelescope,
> it was long after the date of 1515 that opens the chapter. Eveninvention
> then, the collapsible telescope would follow long after the
> of the telescope.Dr.
> Yes, it is a minor point, especially for adventure fiction. But,
> Cussler's books are usually well researched and accurate.