History of the Telescope

Essay Topics-History of the Telescope
Give an account of the development of the optical telescope leading up to the
current largest telescopes and the plans for the future. Describe new
technologies that have been used to meet the need for increasingly large

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Your essay should be written for a well informed but non-specialist audience. The style used in popular science magazines such as Scientific American or New Scientist would be a suitable guide. You are not writing for experts, so if you use technical jargon you will need to explain it.
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