Saturday, March 3, 2012

Life of Galileo

NPR Science Friday had a program on Life of Galileo, a play by Bertolt Brecht. They kept making analogies between Galileo and global warming alarmists and others.

They should have explained that this was a fictionalized play by a German Marxist, that the arguments given by Galileo about telescopes and tides were fallacious, and that his conflict did not really destroy his daughter's marriage.

I can see the appeal of a story about a scientist who stands up to authority to tell the truth about his discoveries. But when the story does not tell the truth about the science, then it defeats the point.

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