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The Renaissance was a time of forward thinking and invention. People like Leonardo da Vinci, William Shakespeare, and Galileo made great strides in their areas of interest. We still read the stories of Shakespeare and we still use inventions like the pendulum by Galileo.
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During the Renaissance glass makers began making glass lenses. Using this technology, the microscope and telescope were invented. Galileo helped to popularize the first microscope as well as studied the heavens using the telescope.
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William Shakespeare was a playwright that lived during Renaissance. He lived in England though. The Renaissance centered in Italy, but gradually spread throughout Europe. Shakespeare wrote hundreds of plays, sonnets and poems.
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Leonardo da Vinci was a man of innumerable talents. For this reason he is said to be the ideal Renaissance man, a man of great thoughts and talents. Da Vinci was a mathematician, scientist, engineer, inventor, painter, sculptor, musician and writer.
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Many of the machines invented by Leonardo da Vinci were never constructed during his day. Leonardo created designs for machines like the helicopter. In his time the technology did not exist to build these types of machines. Leonardo filled many notebooks with ideas like the helicopter.