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

Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love 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.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 The son of a musician, Galileo Gahlei 1564 1642 tried at first to enter a monastery before engaging the skills that made him the foremost scientist of his day Though he never left Italy, his inventions and discoveries were heralded around the world Most sensationally, his telescopes allowed him to reveal a new reality in the heavens and to reinforce the astounding argument that the Earth moves around the Sun For this belief, he was brought before the Holy Office of the Inquisition, accused of heresy, and forced to spend his last years under house arrest Of Galileo s three illegitimate children, the eldest best mirrored his own brilliance, industry, and sensibility, and by virtue of these qualities became his confidante Born Virginia in 1600, she was thirteen when Galileo placed her in a convent near him in Florence, where she took the most appropriate name of Suor Maria Celeste Her loving support, which Galileo repaid in kind, proved to be her father s greatest source of strength throughout his most productive and tumultuous years Her presence, through letters which Sobel has translated from their original Italian and masterfully woven into the narrative, graces her father s life now as it did then 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 being 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 Longitude, Galileo s Daughter is an unforgettable story.

About the Author: Dava Sobel

Dava Sobel is an accomplished writer of popular expositions of scientific topics A 1964 graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, Ms Sobel attended Antioch College and the City College of New York before receiving her bachelor of arts degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1969 She holds honorary doctor of letters degrees from the University of Bath, in England, and M

10 thoughts on “Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love

  1. says:

    Well, it s really about Galileo The daughter thing is a hook, and I found that to be the weakest part of the book Galileo, in this historical memoir, has had three children by a woman not his wife The daughters are thus unmarriageable, and are sent to a convent The daughter of the title sends him letters, usually including requests for money This book provides considerable detail about the travai

  2. says:

    Einstein said of Galileo that he was the father of modern physics of modern science altogether We think of him as the father of astronomy But how much do we really know about his life The answer, surprisingly, is quite a lot This book, entitled Galileo s Daughter is a dual biography, both of Galileo and of his eldest daughter, a cloistered nun of the Poor Clares It is also in part a fascinating chronic

  3. says:

    What a spectacular book My advice to you is to violently discard the grossly inferior book you are currently wasting your time with for this one instead Toss it aside like the trash it is This is a far better substitute Do yourself some good instead The mythology of Galileo, as truly the first modern scientist, is, of course, both revered and legendary His condemnation by the Church, his cannon balls from Pisa T

  4. says:

    So, given the title you d think this would be about Galileo s daughter, Sister Maria Celeste, who he called a woman of exquisite mind, singular goodness, and most tenderly attached to me Perhaps you might have thought that through her eyes this account is partly based upon and includes several of her letters you might gain insight into the mind of the man Einstein called the father of modern physics indeed of modern sci

  5. says:

    I don t normally read non fiction, but for the last few months, I ve found myself in a fiction funk I can t finish any fiction I wonder if it s because I ve hit a point where all prose, themes, motifs, etc., seem the same and are, therefore, uninteresting to me For someone who has relied exclusively upon fiction to add zest to her literary life, this turn of events is really distressing.However, my non fiction choice turned out

  6. says:

    After 150 pages I decided if this book didn t end by smashing the patriarchy, I didn t want to read any And since it would end in 1642, I gave up Say what you will about the times, it s impossible to buy the idea that a well off, well educated, intelligent and self respecting public figure can t know he s participating in screwing over half of humanity Back in the days of Galileo, the author tells us, it was atypical for male academics

  7. says:

    As the daughter of a physicist, I couldn t resist this book It is a biography of both Galileo and his older daughter, who was a nun in a local monastery Her letters to Galileo are the foundation of the book I enjoyed reading the history of Galileo s trial for heresy and also the day to day events that mostly comprise his daughter s letters A fascinating look into the life of Galileo and 17th century Italy.

  8. says:

    DNF around 30% The title of this book is misleading it s really a book about Galileo and only secondarily about his daughter, who was clearly the Human Interest Angle to illuminate the life of a Great Man Despite his devout Catholicism, Galileo had three illegitimate children with his mistress housekeeper While Galileo had his son legitimized, both daughters were consigned as young girls to a convent, where they lived in abject poverty and struggled w

  9. says:

    Galileo, Galileo, Galileo Figaro MAGNIFICO O O O SCIENCE AND RELIGION My biggest question, after reading this book, is what did Galileo believe Science has canonized him as one of their patron saints and rightfully so The man was a genius But he was also a good Catholic or at least he appeared to be When the church told him to do something, he did it.Yes, the church treated him completely unfairly And when one is arguing against those speaking with the autho

  10. says:

    Galileo had a daughter So what That question may be raised, which is understandable Besides, all famous people do procreate, right What makes Galileo s Daughter so significant anyway Well, if you read this book, you surely will change your mind.Dava Sobel again amazed me with her skill in combining history, science and human relations into one book Not many authors could do such thing, I daresay She successfully wove this story of a brave, intelligent, resourceful yo

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