Galileo Galilei Portrayed by Bob Gleason 

Bob Gleason’s Galileo Galilei tells us not to accept what has always been accepted, to test it.  And if you need something that you can’t find, create it yourself. He urges us to make each day a day to learn something new. Gleason’s Galileo also exhorts us to tell the truth, even if it gets you into hot water. We remember the people who tell the truth. Be part of that group.

Galileo’s father wanted him to become a doctor so he would make a good living, but with his natural aptitude for mathematics and science, Galileo found other ways to turn a profit. He advanced by improving previous inventions like the thermometer and by coming up with new inventions that he got important people to sponsor. But he also alienated important people by disproving accepted scientific theories and by challenging accepted religious doctrine. Galileo was willing to be punished for his break with science and church, but he recanted to spare his children. Later, Galileo was vindicated.

Galileo is frequently requested in Philadelphia, reflecting the city’s previous role as the center of science and education in the United States. Examples include Rittenhouse behind City Hall looking through a telescope and the Fels Planetarium.