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

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

Galileo's Daughter: A Drama of Science, Faith and Love By Dava Sobel Galileo s Daughter A Drama of Science Faith and Love Inspired by long fascination with Galileo the surviving letters of his daughter a cloistered nun Sobel has written a biography of the one Einstein called the father of modern physics indeed of moder

  • Title: Galileo's Daughter: A Drama of Science, Faith and Love
  • Author: Dava Sobel
  • ISBN: 9780007635757
  • Page: 140
  • Format: Paperback
  • Galileo's Daughter: A Drama of Science, Faith and Love By Dava Sobel Inspired by long fascination with Galileo the surviving letters of his daughter, a cloistered nun, Sobel has written a biography of the one Einstein called the father of modern physics indeed of modern science altogether Galileo s Daughter presents a portrait of a person hitherto lost to history, described by Galileo as a woman of exquisite mind, singular goodneInspired by long fascination with Galileo the surviving letters of his daughter, a cloistered nun, Sobel has written a biography of the one Einstein called the father of modern physics indeed of modern science altogether Galileo s Daughter presents a portrait of a person hitherto lost to history, described by Galileo as a woman of exquisite mind, singular goodness most tenderly attached to me Son of a musician, Galileo Galilei 1564 1642 tried at 1st to enter a monastery before engaging the skills that made him the foremost scientist of his day Tho he never left Italy, his inventions discoveries were heralded round the world Most sensationally, his telescopes allowed him to reveal a new reality in the heavens to reinforce the argument that the Earth moves round the Sun For this belief, he was brought before the Holy Office of the Inquisition, accused of heresy forced to spend his last years under house arrest Of Galileo s three illegitimate children, the eldest best mirrored his own brilliance, industry, sensibility, by virtue of such qualities became his confidante Born Virginia in 1600, she was 13 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 thru his most productive tumultuous years Her presence, thru letters which Sobel has translated from their original Italian woven into the narrative, graces her father s life now as it did then.Galileo s Daughter dramatically recolors the personality accomplishment of a mythic figure whose 17th century clash with Catholic doctrine continues to define the schism between science religion Moving between Galileo s grand public life Maria Celeste s sequestered world, Sobel illuminates the Florence of the Medicis 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 the 30 Years War tipped fortunes across Europe, one man sought to reconcile the Heaven he revered as a good Catholic with the heavens he revealed thru a telescope With all the drama scientific adventure that distinguished Dava Sobel s previous book Longitude, Galileo s Daughter is an unforgettable story.
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    1. Will Byrnes on said:

      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 travails the great scientist endured in his quest to explain the world The Catholic Church is the pre emine [...]

    2. Jean on said:

      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 chronicle of a 17th Century clash between Science and Catholic doctrine arguably the most historically [...]

    3. Brad on said:

      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 Tower and his ingenious improvements on the telescope well known stories, to be sure a [...]

    4. Saleh MoonWalker on said:

      Onvan Galileo s Daughter A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love Nevisande Dava Sobel ISBN 140280553 ISBN13 9780140280555 Dar 420 Safhe Saal e Chap 1999

    5. Lisa (Harmonybites) on said:

      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 science altogether Given she s described of exquisite mind perhaps you thought s [...]

    6. Black Elephants on said:

      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 to be quite fun Galileo s Daughter by Dava Sobel was surprising, enlig [...]

    7. S. on said:

      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 to marry And so it was with Galileo and his contemporaries, [...]

    8. Becky on said:

      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.

    9. Philip on said:

      Galileo, Galileo, Galileo Figaro MAGNIFICO O O O SCIENCE AND RELIGIONMy 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 authority of God, it s difficult to complain [...]

    10. Anne on said:

      This is a biography of Galileo, told in part through letters written to him by his illegitimate daughter, a cloistered nun and Galileo s confidante Over 125 letters written by her survive, though all of the letters from Galileo to his daughter have reportedly been lost or destroyed While the familial relationship was interesting, I didn t feel as if the correspondence added much to the narrative, and it seemed as if most of the biographical information about Galileo came from other sources As I [...]

    11. Erin on said:

      I was really disappointed in this book I knew when I purchased it that it wasn t actually about Galileo s daughter, that the story was almost entirely Galileo s Still, I figured the the father daughter relationship would provide some important framework for the story It didn t really This is a fairly dry biography of Galileo and the personal and professional events that shaped his life There s not much to it.In the book, Galileo s daughter, Suor Maria Celeste, having been consigned to a convent [...]

    12. Silvana on said:

      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 young woman, who had a genius a [...]

    13. Allie on said:

      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 with poor health He did send occasional gifts [...]

    14. Javier Santaolalla on said:

      La vida de Galileo es una de las m s emocionantes e intensas de la historia de la ciencia Su forma de ver el mundo, su talento, su creatividad pero desde luego tambi n su confrontaci n con el sentir de la poca, el conocimiento establecido y desde luego, con la iglesia cat lica.Este libro hace un recorrido por la vida de Galileo Una vida de por s amena, din mica, entretenida, un aut ntico personaje Sin embargo, como se amenaza al lector en el t tulo, la hija de Galileo, Sor Mar a Celeste, juega u [...]

    15. Jennifer (JC-S) on said:

      There was only one trial of Galileo, and yet it seems there were a thousand In 1633, the astronomer Galileo Galilei 1564 1642 was tried and convicted of heresy by the Holy Office of the Inquisition for the crime of having defended the idea that the sun is the centre of the universe around which the earth and planets revolve Galileo was punished by being placed under house arrest and ordered to publicly affirm his belief in the earth centred universe Galileo s story is the stuff of legend And yet [...]

    16. Paul on said:

      This is an amazing book, and just the thing to cleanse the mental palate after inflicting Nancy Kress An Alien Light on myself Galileo s story is really at the crux of the transition from Aristotelian physics to what we now call Newtonian or classical physics It was Galileo and his contemporaries who finally broke the stranglehold that Aristotle had on philosophy in the West and improved on him Today we are generally told a very few things about Galileo He was essentially the first to use a tele [...]

    17. Kaara on said:

      This book was clearly a labor of love, well researched and with sympathetic, very human depictions of Galileo, his daughter Sister Maria Celeste, and other folks I learned a lot about Galileo s unbelievable discoveries, his equally important and forward thinking contributions to the scientific community in terms of process and rigor, his family, and the politics, culture, and technology of the times he lived in All very interesting But the angle of this book, of Galileo s life being viewed throu [...]

    18. Mike on said:

      It seems ludicrous in today s age of technology and incremental achievements that one man could ever accomplish as much as Galileo, who discovered almost half of the planets we know of today and rubbished claims held scientifically for thousands of years.Galileo Galilei was born into a time and a place that could not have been perfect for him At the turn of the 17th century, much of Europe had already cast off the oppressive cloak of ignorance held fast by the Catholic Church for the previous m [...]

    19. Pallavi on said:

      Galileo s daughter is the biography of the great philosopher and astronomer, with some loving letters by his daughter interspersed throughout the narrative I have been reading a lot of biographies lately something I had sworn, I would never have an interest in , and this one is unique because it primarily focuses on the relationship between Galileo and his daughter and is essentially a biography of both of them.Sobel presents a very vivid description of Galileo s life, his trials and tribulation [...]

    20. Tom on said:

      It s okay as far as it goes but I kept feeling frustrated when Sobel passed up opportunity after opportunity to shed light on some fascinating aspect of Galileo s life and times, I suspect through shallowness of research It was like taking a guided tour of some great historical building, only for the guide to rush you past the most interesting looking rooms.The idea of using his daughter s letters is a very good one and serves to add context for the cares of everyday life and the ways of seeing [...]

    21. Beth Cato on said:

      Every year I like to read at least one nonfiction book that educates me about an era or people I m otherwise ignorant of Last year I read Nathaniel s Nutmeg, a book that has forever changed my perspective about paying 2 for a jar of nutmeg at the grocery store This year I selected Galileo s Daughter I admit, I didn t know much about the man other than that he was the father of modern sciences and was censored by the Catholic church, but I didn t know the details of that return return This book t [...]

    22. Ari on said:

      make no mistake, this is a biography of galileo, not of his daughter and yet, she is a very important part of his life, mainly spiritual support i like to read scientists lifes in this period in history when the church prosecuted anyone who contraved the holy scripture although galileo was punished not physically, like house arrest and his works banned he couldn t help keep writing and exploring ideas that weren t always accepted or even allowed he was a prolific man and a very religious one ev [...]

    23. Loni on said:

      It is quite rare that I quit reading a book, but today this one falls in to that category It has taken me 2 weeks to get 100 pages into it, and I still can t figure out why it was recommended If someone has read it and has some great insight as to why I should pickup it up off the floor, where I tossed it, let me know If any friends want to give it a try let me know it is yours

    24. Edward on said:

      Most people vaguely know of Galileo, the 16th century Italian astronomer who overturned the centuries old Ptolemaic belief that the sun revolves around earth and subsequently found himself in trouble with the Catholic Church What Sobel does in this book is to put a specific human face on the man, to show how, despite his brilliance, he was a man of his time, a devout Catholic, and a man like most of us who had worries about money, the welfare of his children, his health Galileo s daughter, a clo [...]

    25. BetseaK on said:

      My primary interest when I picked up this book was Galileo Namely, I expected to get from his daughter s letters a in depth insight into Galileo s scientific endeavours Instead, the focus of the letters is on the father daughter relationship and the life in the convict of San Mateo, where Galileo put his two out of wedlock daughters while they were children Though the letters do not shed any light on Galileo as a philosopher and a scientist, they are interesting to a certain degree because they [...]

    26. Jean Poulos on said:

      This is a well researched historical novel about the relationship between Galileo and his eldest daughter Virginia Galilei 1600 1634 Apparently Galileo did not marry Marina Gamba of Venice even though they had 3 children together The son Vincenzo was legitimized and studied law at the University of Pisa The two girls were deemed to be un marriageable so were sent off to become nuns when they were 11 years old Virginia became Suor Maria Celeste and her sister Livia became Suor Archangela They wer [...]

    27. Mitchell on said:

      I thought this was a fantastic story Its a story about the lasting bonds of affection and love between a daughter and her father Its also a riveting overview of the life and times of the great astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher, and mathematician, Galileo Galilei As Sobel tells Mr Galileo s story, she gracefully weaves in extant letters from Galileo s daughter, Virginia Galilei Later in life, as a nun, Virginia Galilei adopts the name, Suor Maria Celeste a fitting tribute to her father [...]

    28. Sean on said:

      Galileo s Daughter tells the story of Galileo Galilei and his relationship with his oldest daughter, who entered a convent at the age of thirteen Though the story is predominantly about Galileo and his life and struggles, it is told in part from the perspective of Suor Maria Celeste in the letters that she writes regularly to her father.Galileo, born in 1564 in Italy, went on to become the foremost scientist of his day, inventing the first telescope and arguing for the Copernican physical view o [...]

    29. Joy on said:

      This was an interesting and very detailed and well researched biography of Galileo mixed in with details about every day life in 17th century Italy from the surviving letters from his oldest daughter, a nun in a local monastery The title implies that the book is about her, but really, it s about him.It was fascinating to read about Galileo s trial for heresy and how he tried to balance his Catholic faith which meant abiding by the Pope s edicts and the conflicting scientific observations he made [...]

    30. Bill Tucker on said:

      The dual poles of filial love and dogmatic obstinacy offer a unique perspective into the tragic life and death of this titan of the early modern world.

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