Challenged by a new student, tutor and theorist Galileo co-opts emerging telescope technology and discovers irrefutable proof of the notion that the earth is not the centre of the universe. But in a rigid society ruled by an uneasy alliance of aristocracy and clergy, science is a threat and enlightenment is a luxury. Galileo must choose between his own life and the restless scientific curiosity that he has spurned family, friends, and wealth to pursue. This character-rich interpretation of the troubled life of the 17th century physicist and astronomer creates a uniquely affecting portrait of discovery, heresy, compromise, and exile. Neither coward nor hero, Brecht's Galileo reveals the troubling human side of the struggle between science, government, and religion.