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Galileos Daughter a Historical Memoir Of (1999)

par Dava Sobel

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"The son of a musician, Galileo Galilei (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 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."--Jacket.… (plus d'informations)
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Don and I had each purchased a copy in print, but hadn't had time to read them, so after listening to Galileo: a Life, we decided it might be nice to follow that up with this, while it's fresh in our minds. We were right :-) This one started out focusing on Galileo, making us wonder if the use of the daughter's existence was just a gimmick to produce another book on Galileo, but no, there's much more information here about Maria Celeste than in the first, and by virtue of that, information we'd not gotten from the previous work about Galileo. There were episodes and details in the first book that this did not include, so we felt that both were worthwhile reads/listens. ( )
  TraSea | Apr 29, 2024 |
Described as a "memoir" on the cover, this book is based on the letters from Galileo's oldest daughter to him. The book's narrative contextualizes the letters within events in Galileo's career and broader historical events. It really explores the relationship between the two, which was carried out not just in letters but regular visits by Galileo to his cloistered daughter. Galileo's trial and house arrest put the burden of managing his estate on his daughter, but also physically affected them both. ( )
  AmyMacEvilly | Apr 3, 2024 |
A readable and accurate account that can draw more readers into the social history of science, such as a number of students in my own classes. ( )
  sfj2 | Mar 29, 2024 |
loved the details of everyday life revealed in the daughter's letters ( )
  cspiwak | Mar 6, 2024 |
This is a fabulous and engaging book about Galileo and his daughter, Suor Maria Celeste. Sobel provides a window into convent life, the power of the Catholic Church, and the emotional relationship between father and daughter. Reads like a novel, but is well-researched and beautifully executed. ( )
  rebcamuse | Jun 25, 2023 |
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"The son of a musician, Galileo Galilei (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 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."--Jacket.

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