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Rome in 1611 : the greatest minds of the time meet in secret. The Inquisition keeps a close eye on Galileo and on his latest invention, the telescope, as well as on his German friend, Johann Schreck aka Terrentius, a doctor, surgeon, pharmacist, astronomer and mathematician. Because they question the ‘divine and immutable laws’, the two scientists are a threat to the dictatorial representatives of the religious powers. Terrentius is a man they must get rid of – a specialist of the autopsy who is about to reveal that the functioning of the body has little to do with the descriptions of the scriptures…
Through his research work, Terrentius discovers documents that evoke a far away country governed by intellectuals and scientists: China. He decides to go and live there according to his own beliefs while pursuing his work. During the long and perilous trip that ensues, the Inquisition continues to hunt him. In Peking, Terrentius triumphs: the emperor officially offers him the task of restructuring the Empire’s calendar.
L’Ami de Galilée is a fascinating saga unfolding against the backdrop of the war between scientists and the church.
Isaia Iannaccone was born in Naples in 1949. A Chemist and specialist of China, he is the only Italian specialist of the history of sciences and techniques in China. He is currently a professor at the European School in Brussels and a researcher with the Observatoire Astronomique de Paris. He has written several academic studies: Mesurer le ciel : l’antique astronomie chinoise,1991, Johann Schreck Terrentius : les sciences de la Renaissance et l’esprit de l’Académie des Lincei dans la Chine des Ming, 1998, Histoire et civilisation de la Chine. Cinq leçons, 1999, as well as two guides on China published by the Italian Touring Club (1994 and 1996). He is also the author of a play, Marco Polo à Cambaluc, staged in Turin in 2005.