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Galileo did not invent the telescope, as is thought by many. Rather, a Dutch spectacle maker by the name of Hans Lippershey is touted as the person who built the first telescope. So, why don't we have any Lippershey telescopes today? Because he couldn't keep a secret. Word got around to a specific Galileo Galilei, he imitated the invention and took it to Venice, where he was paid a good sum of money for it, and given credit for its conception.