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Direct Observation of NatureIn both The Starry Messengerand Brecht’s play, the concept of direct observation of nature is emphasized and encouraged. Direct observation is a method of observational study in which an evaluator watches a subject without tampering with the environment or result. In The Starry MessengerGalileo observes the moon and the “planets” revolving around Jupiter as he records what he sees through the use of his telescope. For example when he shares the observations he made when studying the moon for two months, he states “the boundary which divides the dark part from the light does not extend uniformly in an oval line as would happen ona perfectly spherical solid” and is able to conclude that the moon has a surface that is not unlike that of Earth’s (Galileo 4). For a long time the common held view was that all the planets in the universe were perfect spheres, and with this knowledge acquired from direct observation, Galileowas able to challenge tradition and contribute to the overall theme of modernity. When a monk

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