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Written by Julia Wolf
The most important point
Galileo lives and breathes science. It is his main concern, the only one thing he is genuinely and wholeheartedly interested in. When Andrea tells him that it is high time to “pay the milkman”, for he might “start making a circle round our house”, Galilei pays no attention to that issue with the milkman. He corrects Andrea and says that the milkman will start “describing a circle”, instead of “making a circle”. This irony mocks an inability of prominent scientists to take care about themselves. They just forget about those thousands of little things an everyday life consists of. Who cares about the milkman and bills when something great in the world of science can happen?
Popular, but not always practical
Ludivoci comes to Galileo to ask the man to be his tutor not because he is fond of science. He is just following his mother’s direction. To be well-educated is a new trend among the rich and mighty. As Ludivoci mentions, “nobody can drink a glass of wine without science these days, you know”. The irony of his words indicate that a lot of people waste enormous sums of money on private tutors and pretend to be interested in science just because they want others reckon them as modern. All of a sudden they start behaving as if science is the main thing and they literally can’t breathe without it. Although they pretend to be genuinely interested, it is not so: many of them attend classes, but don’t even try to understand.
Galileo is sure that science can change the world. He is sure that a draught created by it is going to blow up “the gold embroidered skirts of the prelates and princes, revealing the fat and skinny legs underneath”. The irony of it indicates that as soon as people find out that the Earth is not a centre of our universe and the kings and queens are not the noblest people the way the mankind lives is going to change.
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