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    Re: Two years after Galileo: an English telescope in Japan
    From: Christopher Willmes
    Date: 2020 Dec 28, 18:10 +0000
    An interesting presentation on the establishment of ANNEXes in medieval Japan, plus some flummery about the early days of the East India Company, a telescope, and trade in the Far East. ;-)

    On Dec 28, 2020, at 12:17, Frank Reed <NoReply_FrankReed@fer3.com> wrote:

    The invention of the telescope was a really big deal. And shortly after Galileo was making headlines in Italy for his numerous astronomical discoveries using his small telescope, the East India Company arranged a gift of a silver and gold telescope to the Shogun of Japan in the name of King James I of Great Britain. 

    Here's a description of the book from OUP:
    https://blog.oup.com/2020/12/an-astronomically-good-deal-king-james-i-and-the-shoguns-silver-telescope/

    There's a recording of an enjoyable, informative recent web presentation on the book by the author, Timon Screech. 

    A quote from that presentation, describing the Jesuits in Japan and the impact that a telescope might have had on the Shogun: "All that astronomy they've been teaching you for the past fifty years... it's wrong. It's not only wrong... They know it's wrong." Bear in mind that a substantial portion of this is a speculative theory, but it is possible, even plausible, and given limited records from the era, that may be as good as it gets.

    Frank Reed

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