Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love

Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love by Dava Sobel 0802779654 9780802779656
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Inspired by a long fascination with Galileo, and by the remarkable surviving letters of his daughter Maria Celeste, a cloistered nun, Dava Sobel has crafted a biography that dramatically recolors the personality and accomplishments of a mythic figure whose early-seventeenth-century clash with Catholic doctrine continues to define the schism between science and religion-the man Albert Einstein called the father of modern physics-indeed of modern science altogether. It is also a stunning portrait of Galileos daughter, a person hitherto lost to history, described by her father as a woman of exquisite mind, singular goodness, and most tenderly attached to me.

Moving between Galileos grand public life and Maria Celestes sequestered world, Sobel illuminates the Florence of the Medicis and the papal court in Rome during the pivotal era when humanitys perception of its place in the cosmos was about to be overturned. During that same time, while the bubonic plague wreaked its terrible devastation and the Thirty Years War tipped fortunes across Europe, Galileo sought to reconcile the Heaven he revered as a good Catholic with the heavens he revealed through his telescope. Filled with human drama and scientific adventure, Galileos Daughter is an unforgettable story.

Praise for Galileos Daughter:

[Sobel] shows herself a virtuoso at encapsulating the history and the politics of science. Her descriptions of Galileos ideas...are pithy, vivid, and intelligible.-Wall Street Journal

Author: Dava Sobel

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 432

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Publication Date: 2011-09-04


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