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. ✅ Book Lover PDF / Epub ⚣ Author Jennifer Kaufman – Kleankitchen.co.uk and by the remarkable surviving letters of Galileo s daughter [Ebook] ➧ Secret Delivery / Her 24-Hour Protector ➭ Delores Fossen – Kleankitchen.co.uk a cloistered nun ❮PDF❯ ❤ Kholodovs Last Mistress Author Kate Hewitt – Kleankitchen.co.uk 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 [Télécharger] ➵ Wicked Sinner (Regency Sinners 7) Auteur Carole Mortimer – Kleankitchen.co.uk described by her father as a woman of exquisite mind ❰Epub❯ ➞ If the Stiletto Fits... 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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 as her father and how both of them relied on each other to live in difficult times By the way, his daughter was a cloistered nun with the name Maria Celeste But that did not stop her from being her father s rock Her surviving correspondence with Galileo is the main ingredient used by Sobel to describe the dynamics of this unique father daughter relationship The contents varied from her request to Galileo to buy her things such as herbs and linens, the news update on what was going on in her convent, to her consolation for Galileo when he was facing trials in Rome Not only letters apparently, but she also made him clothes and medicines It was as though she lived in the same house with him and took care of him Walls and distance were not barriers Imagine if they both had Blackberrys.This book elaborates much about his works, including the scandalous Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, which upholds Copernicus theory that the earth revolves around the sun, which is also a book that required almost two centuries to be dropped from the list of banned books by the Congregation of the Holy Office.Nevertheless, although they did not have rapidshare mirc torrent those days, it did not stop the book from being distributed in Italy and beyond Couriers and diplomatic missions were walking around bringing a copy of Dialogue as they please Galileo was lucky to have so many admirers in Europe, including even a few high ranking cardinals who felt enlightened when reading his works.One thing that bothers me was that Galileo did his best to ensure that Dialogue would not cause any ruckus He used the proper channels, consulted to the relevant officials, gathered sufficient supports from prominent nobles and even sought an audience with the Pope to discuss the book Nevertheless, one could always find a tiny bit of something to be used as incriminating evidence Galileo finally admitted guilty and let himself a frail 69 year old then to be punished Anyway, IMHO his punishment was not too depressing House arrest in the residence of a Sienese cardinal who was one of his strong supporters He could still write, received some guests some with the permission from the Papal Office and had correspondence with fellow scientists and family C mon, twas not too bad, right Seriously now, I understand that it was still hard for him He had lots of enemies who would love to see him rot miserably The pressure he had to face must have been horrendous Having your ultimate work which took decades in the making banned and that you could not publish anything ever again, must be frustrating as hell For future readers, please do not be disheartened from reading the scientific explanation in this book First, there are lots of them anyway haha Secondly, they would give the readers insight on Galileo s personal thinking, which sometimes could be so intriguing and cheeky at the same time.The historical account in this book, describing the flow of events and characters in that illustrious Renaissance era, is truly mesmerizing The interaction between the states and duchies, the politics inside the Papal court and even the bubonic plague present a thrilling read.Back to Suor Maria Celeste, Galileo described her as a woman of exquisite mind, singular goodness and most tenderly attached to him I guess he realized that she was his greatest treasure and would be thankful if people could pay her a proper homage when thinking about how great a scientist he was The Father of modern physics would not exist without her, period This is true testament to the adage Behind a great man, there s a great woman , am I correct 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 eminent political institution of its time, and thus, Galileo must deal with the reality he inhabits, trying to find ways around the silliness of revealed truth It is entertaining and interesting Not a must read, and feel free to skip the letters from his daughter, but a worthwhile read nonetheless. 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 significant and intense battle between religious belief and scientific knowledge Sobel s account is compiled in the main from the 120 letters translated from the Italian written by Suor Maria Celeste, which she weaves into her narrative Sadly none of Galileo s letters still survive, although it is clear that they were in contact daily, and that Maria was his most trusted confidante.Galileo had 3 illegitimate children to care for Maria formerly Virginia was his eldest daughter, and was placed in the convent at the age of 13 The life there was almost unbelievably gruelling to modern sensibilities, but the letters convey how privileged and honoured she felt to be serving in this capacity The next daughter also placed in the convent was a depressive, and Maria attempted in her life to combine her duties as a nun with caring for both of them She also constantly tried to make peace between her father and her brother There are numerous details of a simple dish she would have cooked and sent along in a basket, or a garment she would have painstakingly sewn, despite her life of extreme poverty and chronic ill health The convent was in bad repair, and the nuns did not have any money Galileo frequently helped out financially, but the nuns still had to suffer insufficient food, heating or anything approaching sanitation Maria made light of her troubles, and Galileo was dependent on her loyalty, support and strength, saying that she had an exquisite mind Although his part of the conversation is missing, it can be inferred, and they were clearly devoted to one another.Galileo was born in 1564, and pursued his dream of studying mathematics and philosophy, despite his parents wishes that he become a doctor He taught at the universities of Pisa and Padua, but this position seemed to confer little respect, because of the subjects he taught However his reputation grew with his startlingly original investigations and discoveries Eventually he secured the patronage of the Medici family Among other things he managed to augment the power of the telescopic lens, thus enabling him to study the moon and stars, and discovered the first four of Jupiter s moons There were further controversial scientific discoveries when he discovered sunspots He challenged Aristotelian physics, and this angered his colleagues.But the main tragedy of his life stems from the time when Galileo published his Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems He had thought for a long time that Copernicus was correct in postulating that the Earth revolves around the sun, and with Galileo s mathematical skills and the scientific instruments he had invented, he was able to establish proof Maria s letters show the wavering stages of approval and disapproval of Galileo s conclusions by the Catholic Church At first his theories were welcomed, then seen as a challenge to the Catholic faith the greatest threat since Martin Luther Eventually the reigning Pope Urban VIII a former friend and supporter deemed that Galileo had to undergo a Trial by the Inquisition in 1633 By now Galileo was in very poor health He was charged that his work was heresy that the motions of the heavens were for the Holy Fathers of the Church to rule on, not him Galileo insisted throughout his gruelling trial possibly involving torture that he was a good Catholic, that his faith was true Eventually he was released under a form of house arrest, but by now he was impoverished and never really recovered from the experience The descriptions of Galileo s ordeal is set against a backdrop of bubonic plague throughout Europe, and the 30 years war Throughout Maria would care for him, offering constant support and prayers, cleaning and mending his clothes, preparing titbits, tonics and medicines to cheer him She transcribed all his notes and never doubted his conclusions or faith She died at 34 of dysentry, only months after he had sold his beloved house in Tuscany to move closer to the convent when his sentence had been commuted to house imprisonment.I was surprised that I enjoyed this book as much as I did The two main characters are vividly brought to life through the description of events and the details, which are sometimes quite homely, running through the correspondence Galileo s inventions are fascinating to read about they are described chronologically as they occur Both Galileo s brilliant mind and his conscience shine through this work His struggles to reconcile his scientific findings with his Catholic beliefs are particularly well drawn and poignant, although the descriptions of his trial make for harrowing reading Throughout there is the devotion of his daughter, who read and commented on his work, sometimes adding thoughts of her own She was his closest ally The subheading of this book is A Drama of Science, Faith and Love It is a perfect description of the book, which itself is a fascinating read. 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 are re told here with fresh insight and clarity Importantly, though, is that I felt that one can not help but be struck by the contemporary relevance in these stories The truths that science reveals and the unwillingness that a particular ideology or political group exhibits towards accepting those truths are just as damaging today as they were 400 years ago Consider Galileo s cannon balls the thinking at the time was that the speed of an object in free fall was proportional to its weight Galileo reasoned that it was intuitively wrong to suggest that, from a height of 100 feet, a 100 pound ball would hit the ground, while a 1 pound ball, dropped at the same time, would have only traveled one foot When he tried the experiment, the discrepancy between the two weights was merely a few inches As I read of how some of Galileo s contemporaries refused to accept these discoveries, I couldn t help but draw parallels to the animosity displayed by some toward climate change Just as some are willing to disregard the overwhelming support of whole hypothesis because of a few findings to the contrary, so too were Galileo critics willing to disregard his whole hypothesis because of those two inches His response was that they ignored the ninety foot discrepancy the old dogma suggested, to focus instead on his two inches Yet today so many are comfortable ignoring the facts of climate change, focusing instead on those two inches of debate And just as Galileo s two inch discrepancy was due to air resistance, so too will science address all the complex facets inherent in the vigorous and healthy debate of climate change If it is evolution, stem cell therapies, projected water shortages or the impending energy crisis, so many today are willing to disregard science when it interferes with their comfort We have not only forgotten Galileo, we have reduced him to a myth, a story only Someone who played with a telescope instead of someone who changed the world.But, in addition to all this, perhaps even above all of this, the book is a beautiful story of the love between a father and his daughter Through the surviving correspondence of Galileo s daughter, a bright yet reclusive nun, we see the esteemed scientist in a whole new way As a person, a father, rather than an obscure legend Moving and simple and powerful All told, this was beautifully done.

    ✅ Book Lover PDF / Epub ⚣ Author Jennifer Kaufman – Kleankitchen.co.uk and by the remarkable surviving letters of Galileo s daughter [Ebook] ➧ Secret Delivery / Her 24-Hour Protector ➭ Delores Fossen – Kleankitchen.co.uk a cloistered nun ❮PDF❯ ❤ Kholodovs Last Mistress Author Kate Hewitt – Kleankitchen.co.uk 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 [Télécharger] ➵ Wicked Sinner (Regency Sinners 7) Auteur Carole Mortimer – Kleankitchen.co.uk described by her father as a woman of exquisite mind ❰Epub❯ ➞ If the Stiletto Fits... Author Wendy Etherington – Kleankitchen.co.uk singular goodness ❮Read❯ ➸ What Phoebe Wants (Harlequin Flipside, ➻ Author Cindi Myers – Kleankitchen.co.uk and most tenderly attached to me The son of a musician ❰PDF❯ ❤ Ruthlessly Royal (Self-Made Millionaires Author Robyn Donald – Kleankitchen.co.uk 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 [PDF / Epub] ☉ An Amish Family Christmas Author Marta Perry – Kleankitchen.co.uk his inventions and discoveries were heralded around the world Most sensationally ☁ [PDF / Epub] ☀ Interrupted Lullaby By Dana R. Lynn ✎ – Kleankitchen.co.uk 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 [PDF / Epub] ☁ Gift-Wrapped Governess By Sophia James – Kleankitchen.co.uk he was brought before the Holy Office of the Inquisition ➯ [Read] ➫ Vows of Revenge By Dani Collins ➻ – Kleankitchen.co.uk accused of heresy ❰Read❯ ➪ Not a Fairy Tale Author Romy Sommer – Kleankitchen.co.uk and forced to spend his last years under house arrest Of Galileo s three illegitimate children ❰Download❯ ➾ The Midwife and the Single Dad Author Gill Sanderson – Kleankitchen.co.uk the eldest best mirrored his own brilliance ❰Read❯ ➪ Small-Town Billionaire Author Renee Andrews – Kleankitchen.co.uk industry [Ebook] ➥ A Convenient Marriage By Maggie Cox – Kleankitchen.co.uk and sensibility [EPUB] ✶ A French Pirouette By Jennifer Bohnet – Kleankitchen.co.uk and by virtue of these qualities became his confidante Born Virginia in 1600 [PDF / Epub] ✩ The Doctors Courageous Bride ☉ Dianne Drake – Kleankitchen.co.uk she was thirteen when Galileo placed her in a convent near him in Florence [PDF / Epub] ✅ The Demure Miss Manning By Amanda McCabe – Kleankitchen.co.uk where she took the most appropriate name of Suor Maria Celeste Her loving support ❄ [EPUB] ✼ Her Christmas Guardian Protective Instincts By Shirlee McCoy ➝ – Kleankitchen.co.uk which Galileo repaid in kind ❮EPUB❯ ❄ The Singalong Society for Singletons ✿ Author Katey Lovell – Kleankitchen.co.uk proved to be her father s greatest source of strength throughout his most productive and tumultuous years Her presence [PDF] ✎ The Bodyguard ⚡ Rhonda Nelson – Kleankitchen.co.uk through letters which Sobel has translated from their original Italian and masterfully woven into the narrative ❮Ebook❯ ➦ A Doctor for the Nanny Author Leigh Bale – Kleankitchen.co.uk 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 ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☃ Sex, Lies and Designer Shoes Author Kimberly Van Meter – Kleankitchen.co.uk 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 [BOOKS] ✮ Cinderella And The Ceo Author Susan Meier – Kleankitchen.co.uk while the bubonic plague wreaked its terrible devastation and the Thirty Years War tipped fortunes across Europe ❮Read❯ ➱ The Single Dads Marriage Wish ➵ Author Carol Marinelli – Kleankitchen.co.uk 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 ➚ [KINDLE] ❄ Savage Courtship (Harlequin Presents, No 1744) By Susan Napier ➤ – Kleankitchen.co.uk Galileo s Daughter is an unforgettable story. 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 as her father and how both of them relied on each other to live in difficult times By the way, his daughter was a cloistered nun with the name Maria Celeste But that did not stop her from being her father s rock Her surviving correspondence with Galileo is the main ingredient used by Sobel to describe the dynamics of this unique father daughter relationship The contents varied from her request to Galileo to buy her things such as herbs and linens, the news update on what was going on in her convent, to her consolation for Galileo when he was facing trials in Rome Not only letters apparently, but she also made him clothes and medicines It was as though she lived in the same house with him and took care of him Walls and distance were not barriers Imagine if they both had Blackberrys.This book elaborates much about his works, including the scandalous Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, which upholds Copernicus theory that the earth revolves around the sun, which is also a book that required almost two centuries to be dropped from the list of banned books by the Congregation of the Holy Office.Nevertheless, although they did not have rapidshare mirc torrent those days, it did not stop the book from being distributed in Italy and beyond Couriers and diplomatic missions were walking around bringing a copy of Dialogue as they please Galileo was lucky to have so many admirers in Europe, including even a few high ranking cardinals who felt enlightened when reading his works.One thing that bothers me was that Galileo did his best to ensure that Dialogue would not cause any ruckus He used the proper channels, consulted to the relevant officials, gathered sufficient supports from prominent nobles and even sought an audience with the Pope to discuss the book Nevertheless, one could always find a tiny bit of something to be used as incriminating evidence Galileo finally admitted guilty and let himself a frail 69 year old then to be punished Anyway, IMHO his punishment was not too depressing House arrest in the residence of a Sienese cardinal who was one of his strong supporters He could still write, received some guests some with the permission from the Papal Office and had correspondence with fellow scientists and family C mon, twas not too bad, right Seriously now, I understand that it was still hard for him He had lots of enemies who would love to see him rot miserably The pressure he had to face must have been horrendous Having your ultimate work which took decades in the making banned and that you could not publish anything ever again, must be frustrating as hell For future readers, please do not be disheartened from reading the scientific explanation in this book First, there are lots of them anyway haha Secondly, they would give the readers insight on Galileo s personal thinking, which sometimes could be so intriguing and cheeky at the same time.The historical account in this book, describing the flow of events and characters in that illustrious Renaissance era, is truly mesmerizing The interaction between the states and duchies, the politics inside the Papal court and even the bubonic plague present a thrilling read.Back to Suor Maria Celeste, Galileo described her as a woman of exquisite mind, singular goodness and most tenderly attached to him I guess he realized that she was his greatest treasure and would be thankful if people could pay her a proper homage when thinking about how great a scientist he was The Father of modern physics would not exist without her, period This is true testament to the adage Behind a great man, there s a great woman , am I correct 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 eminent political institution of its time, and thus, Galileo must deal with the reality he inhabits, trying to find ways around the silliness of revealed truth It is entertaining and interesting Not a must read, and feel free to skip the letters from his daughter, but a worthwhile read nonetheless. 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 significant and intense battle between religious belief and scientific knowledge Sobel s account is compiled in the main from the 120 letters translated from the Italian written by Suor Maria Celeste, which she weaves into her narrative Sadly none of Galileo s letters still survive, although it is clear that they were in contact daily, and that Maria was his most trusted confidante.Galileo had 3 illegitimate children to care for Maria formerly Virginia was his eldest daughter, and was placed in the convent at the age of 13 The life there was almost unbelievably gruelling to modern sensibilities, but the letters convey how privileged and honoured she felt to be serving in this capacity The next daughter also placed in the convent was a depressive, and Maria attempted in her life to combine her duties as a nun with caring for both of them She also constantly tried to make peace between her father and her brother There are numerous details of a simple dish she would have cooked and sent along in a basket, or a garment she would have painstakingly sewn, despite her life of extreme poverty and chronic ill health The convent was in bad repair, and the nuns did not have any money Galileo frequently helped out financially, but the nuns still had to suffer insufficient food, heating or anything approaching sanitation Maria made light of her troubles, and Galileo was dependent on her loyalty, support and strength, saying that she had an exquisite mind Although his part of the conversation is missing, it can be inferred, and they were clearly devoted to one another.Galileo was born in 1564, and pursued his dream of studying mathematics and philosophy, despite his parents wishes that he become a doctor He taught at the universities of Pisa and Padua, but this position seemed to confer little respect, because of the subjects he taught However his reputation grew with his startlingly original investigations and discoveries Eventually he secured the patronage of the Medici family Among other things he managed to augment the power of the telescopic lens, thus enabling him to study the moon and stars, and discovered the first four of Jupiter s moons There were further controversial scientific discoveries when he discovered sunspots He challenged Aristotelian physics, and this angered his colleagues.But the main tragedy of his life stems from the time when Galileo published his Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems He had thought for a long time that Copernicus was correct in postulating that the Earth revolves around the sun, and with Galileo s mathematical skills and the scientific instruments he had invented, he was able to establish proof Maria s letters show the wavering stages of approval and disapproval of Galileo s conclusions by the Catholic Church At first his theories were welcomed, then seen as a challenge to the Catholic faith the greatest threat since Martin Luther Eventually the reigning Pope Urban VIII a former friend and supporter deemed that Galileo had to undergo a Trial by the Inquisition in 1633 By now Galileo was in very poor health He was charged that his work was heresy that the motions of the heavens were for the Holy Fathers of the Church to rule on, not him Galileo insisted throughout his gruelling trial possibly involving torture that he was a good Catholic, that his faith was true Eventually he was released under a form of house arrest, but by now he was impoverished and never really recovered from the experience The descriptions of Galileo s ordeal is set against a backdrop of bubonic plague throughout Europe, and the 30 years war Throughout Maria would care for him, offering constant support and prayers, cleaning and mending his clothes, preparing titbits, tonics and medicines to cheer him She transcribed all his notes and never doubted his conclusions or faith She died at 34 of dysentry, only months after he had sold his beloved house in Tuscany to move closer to the convent when his sentence had been commuted to house imprisonment.I was surprised that I enjoyed this book as much as I did The two main characters are vividly brought to life through the description of events and the details, which are sometimes quite homely, running through the correspondence Galileo s inventions are fascinating to read about they are described chronologically as they occur Both Galileo s brilliant mind and his conscience shine through this work His struggles to reconcile his scientific findings with his Catholic beliefs are particularly well drawn and poignant, although the descriptions of his trial make for harrowing reading Throughout there is the devotion of his daughter, who read and commented on his work, sometimes adding thoughts of her own She was his closest ally The subheading of this book is A Drama of Science, Faith and Love It is a perfect description of the book, which itself is a fascinating read. 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 are re told here with fresh insight and clarity Importantly, though, is that I felt that one can not help but be struck by the contemporary relevance in these stories The truths that science reveals and the unwillingness that a particular ideology or political group exhibits towards accepting those truths are just as damaging today as they were 400 years ago Consider Galileo s cannon balls the thinking at the time was that the speed of an object in free fall was proportional to its weight Galileo reasoned that it was intuitively wrong to suggest that, from a height of 100 feet, a 100 pound ball would hit the ground, while a 1 pound ball, dropped at the same time, would have only traveled one foot When he tried the experiment, the discrepancy between the two weights was merely a few inches As I read of how some of Galileo s contemporaries refused to accept these discoveries, I couldn t help but draw parallels to the animosity displayed by some toward climate change Just as some are willing to disregard the overwhelming support of whole hypothesis because of a few findings to the contrary, so too were Galileo critics willing to disregard his whole hypothesis because of those two inches His response was that they ignored the ninety foot discrepancy the old dogma suggested, to focus instead on his two inches Yet today so many are comfortable ignoring the facts of climate change, focusing instead on those two inches of debate And just as Galileo s two inch discrepancy was due to air resistance, so too will science address all the complex facets inherent in the vigorous and healthy debate of climate change If it is evolution, stem cell therapies, projected water shortages or the impending energy crisis, so many today are willing to disregard science when it interferes with their comfort We have not only forgotten Galileo, we have reduced him to a myth, a story only Someone who played with a telescope instead of someone who changed the world.But, in addition to all this, perhaps even above all of this, the book is a beautiful story of the love between a father and his daughter Through the surviving correspondence of Galileo s daughter, a bright yet reclusive nun, we see the esteemed scientist in a whole new way As a person, a father, rather than an obscure legend Moving and simple and powerful All told, this was beautifully done."/>
  • Paperback
  • 420 pages
  • Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love
  • Dava Sobel
  • English
  • 09 July 2017
  • 9780140280555

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


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