Friday, October 03, 2008
It is 400 years to the month since the invention of the telescope, though only 399 years since the decisive moment when Galileo looked through one and realised everything we had ever been told was wrong. It was the birth of the experimental method and, thus, of modernity. The telescope gave us the power to see what had previously been unseeable. Science has continued this process outward and inward to the point where only the unseeable seems to have any imaginative force. This has created a new problem for humanity - seeing the seeable.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 2:44 pm