LA Theater Works: The Life of Galileo

Galileo Galilei made pioneering observations in astronomy. physics, mathematics, and scientific philosophy. But in the centuries since his death in 1642, Galileo has become a symbol of heroism and heresy, the very archetype of the struggle between science and faith, and the dangers inherent in the pursuit of truth.

The German dramatist Bertolt Brecht first wrote his biographical play, The Life of Galileo, on the eve of the Second World War, as concerns over authoritarianism were rife among the German Left. Brecht significantly rewrote the play two more times, as the War raised questions not only about the dangers of authority, but also the human cost of scientific knowledge in the wake of the atomic bomb.

Both hours include a conversation about Galileo's life with Dr. E.C. Krupp, Director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.

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