Table of Contents Brief Overview Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa, Italy, on February 18,to a family of aristocratic lineage but average wealth. When he was seventeen, his father, a noted musician who also earned money in the wool trade, sent him to study medicine at the University of Pisa. Galileo, however, soon turned to a career in mathematics. A lack of money forced him to leave school inand for four years he supported himself by tutoring students in mathematics.
Through it all, he maintains an obvious love of learning. A young aristocrat named Ludovico Marsili arrives, seeking a tutorship under Galileo. Marsili explains that he had seen primitive telescopes in Amsterdam, where they were being sold in the streets.
Galileo sends Andrea out to purchase lenses for his own experiments with the device. He promises Priuli, the curator, that he will soon have something practical to offer the authorities in Venice. Galileo gives a demonstration of his own improved telescope to the Venetian senators and arsenal artisans; afterward, he has his fourteen-year-old daughter, Virginia, present it to the city as a gift, to be copied and openly sold.
However, the curator visits Galileo and his friend Sagredo to complain that Galileo had deceived the city fathers. A ship from Holland had arrived in Venice and was about to unload a shipment of telescopes to be hawked cheaply on every street corner.
To Virginia and Sagredo, Galileo announces his intention to move to Florence and seek the patronage and protection of the wealthy and powerful Medici family.
In Florence, Galileo is quickly disappointed by the cautious and politic courtiers of Cosimo de Medici, who is but a boy of nine years. Soon after, Galileo encounters Cardinal Barberini at a masked party and dinner at the home of Cardinal Bellarmin. The entire section is words.Galileo also known as The Life of Galileo) is the most heavily reworked of Brecht’s plays, occupying his interim attention during the last nineteen years of his life.
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Life of Galileo – Notes * Two stories. * – Galileo – a famous scientist – astronomer.
* He is credited with inventing the telescope – although he pinched the idea off somebody else. * He was a bit immoral – Always broke – Short on money.
* Then he discovered that the earth moves around the sun. Life of Galileo opens on Galileo Galilei, a professor of mathematics at Padua University.
He’s talking to Andrea (his housekeeper’s young son), who has just brought him breakfast. They’re discussing the solar system and how it works. If there is a Life of Galileo SparkNotes, Shmoop guide, or Cliff Notes, you can find a link to each study guide below.
Among the summaries and analysis available for Life of Galileo, there are 1 Short Summary and 1 Book Review. Galileo lived under house arrest for the last eight years of his life. Yet he still continued to write: in , he published his last work, a compilation of all his research into physics; it was published in Germany, because the Inquisition had forbidden the printing of any of his work in Italy.
Life of Galileo can be said to take place at two times. The first is the time in which the play is set (Galileo’s Italy in the s), and the second is the time in which the play was written (Brecht’s Europe in the s).
The two hold striking similarities.