In 1609 Galileo, the Italian astronomer and physicist, produced a telescope that could magnify objects twenty times. It was one of the many interesting and innovative mechanical devices that he designed in his lifetime. While the hydrostatic balance, the sector and the pendulum clock he developed were equally innovative, their discovery and documentation did not have the negative personal and professional effects that Galileo's documentation of his discoveries with the telescope did. Unfortunately for Galileo's career, his publication of the book Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems documented the fact that the earth was not the center of the universe. This view ran counter to the prevailing establishment's doctrine, and that led to Galileo spending the rest of his life under house arrest. Unfortunately, Galileo didn't live long enough to see his proof of Copernicus' theories accepted by society.

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