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

ISBN-10: 0802713432
ISBN-13: 9780802713438
Edition: 1999
Authors: Dava Sobel
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 10/1/1999
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

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."nbsp; nbsp;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 masterfully woven into the narrative, graces her father's life now as it did then. nbsp; 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 about to be 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 Dava Sobel's previous book Longitude, Galileo's Daughter is an unforgettable story.

Dava Sobel is an American writer who was born in the Bronx, New York, on June 15, 1947. Her books are generally written about the popular science genre and include these titles: Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time (about English clockmaker John Harrison who created the first chronometer); Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love; The Planets, and A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionised the Cosmos. Sobel graduated from The Bronx High School of Science and Binghamton University. She holds honorary doctor of letters degrees from the University of Bath, and Middlebury College, Vermont, both awarded in 2002. The asteroid 30935 Davasobel is named after her. Sobel is also a former New York Times science reporter and has contributed articles to Audubon, Discover, Life and The New Yorker. She was a contributing editor to Harvard Magazine, writing about scientific research and the history of science.

To Florence
She who was so precious to you
This grand book the universe
Bright stars speak of your virtues
To have the truth seen and recognijed
In the very face of the sun
Observant executrix of God's commands
The malice of my persecutors
Conjecture here among shadows
On Bellosguardo
How our father is favored
To busy my self in your service
What we require above all else
Because of our jeal
Through my memory of their eloquence
A small and trifling body
On the right path, by the grace of God
The tempest of our many torments
In Rome
While seeking to immortalije your fame
Since the Lord chastises us with these whips
The hope of having you always near
That I should be begged to publish such a work
In Care of the Tuscan Embassy, Villa Medici, Rome
How anxiously I live, awaiting word from you
In the chanbers of the Holy Office of the Inguisition
Jainglorious anbition, pure ignorance, and inadvertence
Faithvested in the miraculous Madonna of Jmpruneta
Judgment passed on your book and your person
At Siena
Not knowing how to refuse him the keys
Terrible destruction on the feast of San Lorenjo
Recitation of the penitential psalms
The book of life, or, Aprophet accepted in his own land
From Arcetri
My soul and its longing
Until I have this from your lips
As I struggle to understand
The memory of the sweetnesses
In Galileo's Time
Florentine Weights, Measures, Currency
Bibliography
Notes
Appreciation
Art Credits
Index

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