Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht

2940016002965_p0_v1_s260x420

A book review of a play? How absurd. But I love reading plays (though not as much as I like watching them), so I’m giving it a go. This is Brecht’s telling of parts of Galileo’s life – a man who challenged the view of the Catholic Church in the 1600s that Earth was the centre of the universe, and the rest of the planets revolved around it. He faced condemnation against science – people so set in their ways that they refused to even contemplate his ideas.

In a time when so many people still refute strong science (human driven climate change and vaccinations are two key examples), this is an important play. Sure, science can be debunked sometimes, but it is important to make considered decisions, and be aware that things do change. I mean, is there anyone who now believes that the sun revolves around Earth? (Though I know some people who think the universe revolves around them, but that is a slightly different scenario…)

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Book Reviews

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s