Describe in an opening paragraph why Galileo wrote “The Assayer” and what it is about. Be sure to explain why Galileo chose this title, and what he meant to convey by doing so. In a second paragraph, explain what Galileo means when he says, “nature takes no delight in poetry.” Why is science NOT like poetry? What IS science like, according to Galileo? Finally, link the above two paragraphs to one concluding paragraph about the importance of mathematics to Galileo for his understanding of science and of nature. He speaks at one point of language–not the language of poets, but the language of mathematics. How do you think this relates to his other works in Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo, and in particular, his attempts to defend himself from his critics? Do you think Galileo is able to do so effectively in “The Assayer”?