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First played in 1940 when Brecht had moved to the US due to Nazi persecution, Das Leben des Galilei deals with the latter part of the scientist's life. 

On learning of the invention of the telescope which is on sale in Amsterdam, Galilei manages to create his own version of it and to pass it off as his own invention.

Galilei goes against church doctrine by claiming that based on his observations with the telescope the earth rotates around the sun along with the other planets.   The resulting conflict sabotages his daughter's wedding because Galilei refuses to go back on his teachings based on his heretical findings.

When pressed by the Vatican, Galilei decides that he is not prepared to be tortured and he recants his teachings, despite the opposition and surprise of his students.  

Galilei passes his book "Two new sciences" to Andrea, a former student and asks him to get it published outside of Italy.   Galilei admits to him that his actions in giving into the authorities was not some kind of heroic act but self-preservation.

With the invention of the atom bomb and the ethical concerns surrounding the possibility of global destruction, there were clear parallels with the time of Galilei which Brecht recognized, rewriting the play to incorporate this new state of affairs.

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