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Galileo Galilei

The great 17th-century Italian scientist returned to earth briefly last month for an exclusive interview with Lewis Wolpert. He clears up some confusions about his legacy planted by Bertolt Brecht

By Lewis Wolpert   February 2003

There are few famous plays about famous scientists. Bertolt Brecht’s Life of Galileo, written from 1937 to 1939, is one. The opportunity to get Galileo’s views on the play, which he has just seen, is a unique and poignant occasion. I started by asking him whether he had enjoyed the play.

Galileo Galilei: Of course I didn’t enjoy it. I was mildly flattered that someone would write a play about me and was curious to see how I was represented. Do I really eat in so gross a manner? No, this is not an accurate reflection of what happened, the…

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