Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love (Google eBook)
Inspired by a long fascination with Galileo, and by the remarkable surviving letters of Galileo's daughter, a cloistered nun, Dava Sobel has written a biography unlike any other of the man Albert Einstein called "the father of modern physics- indeed of modern science altogether." Galileo's Daughter also presents a stunning portrait of a person hitherto lost to history, described by her father as "a woman of exquisite mind, singular goodness, and most tenderly attached to me."
Galileo's Daughter dramatically recolors the personality and accomplishment of a mythic figure whose seventeenth-century clash with Catholic doctrine continues to define the schism between science and religion. Moving between Galileo's grand public life and Maria Celeste's sequestered world, Sobel illuminates the Florence of the Medicis and the papal court in Rome during the pivotal era when humanity's perception of its place in the cosmos was about to be overturned. In that same time, while the bubonic plague wreaked its terrible devastation and the Thirty Years' War tipped fortunes across Europe, one man sought to reconcile the Heaven he revered as a good Catholic with the heavens he revealed through his telescope.
With all the human drama and scientific adventure that distinguished Dava Sobel's previous book Longitude, Galileo's Daughter is an unforgettable story
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Review: Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and LoveUser Review - Goodreads
This is an interesting book, which at times is bogged down with redundit detail. But very well researched and I am learning quite a bit.
Review: Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and LoveUser Review - David Schuster - Goodreads
I dunno. Choppy prose? Abrupt transitions? Although the subjects (religion, faith, and the beginnings of physics) are all hugely interesting to me, I felt like each page was a drag to slog through. But Galileo and his eldest daughter were both really cool people. So there's that. Read full review
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