Continuing in our series about Revolutions, a BBC programme exploring humanity’s game-changing inventions, is the telescope. It might not seem as ubiquitous or life changing as some of the discoveries, but there’s more to this one than meets the eye…

The telescope gave us what might be the greatest discovery of all – the universe itself.

Jim Al-Khalili, author and broadcaster

Like many of the inventions on the list, the telescope’s is a journey of twists and turns. However, while by its very purpose the device is about looking forward, its creation also provides a window into our past.

The exploration of the telescope’s origins finds roots in science as a discipline and the study of light and vision itself.

Get lost in the story of how seemingly routine work into magnification, lenses and measurements propelled us into the ever-expanding universe.

Watch the episode and learn more on BBC iPlayer.

Posted by:Sophie Sabin

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