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A microscope
The ability to magnify small objects was a big leap forward in the world of science.

Work improving lens for spectacles led to the invention of the microscope. Early microscopes did not have much power of magnification and were a bit fuzzy.

There was great interest in science after the restoration of Charles II to the throne.

The king was a keen scientist and founded the Royal Society to exchange and discuss ideas and knowledge.

But interest in science was either a hobby for the rich or a scientis had to find himself a rich patron (someone who would pay for him to experiment).

How does this early microscope differ from those we have today?


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