Galileo's Daughter

A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love
Author(s): Dava Sobel
Original Publish Date: May 26, 2009
Product Number: EB00637537
Released: Feb 23, 2016
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
ISBN: #9780802777478
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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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."
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

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Author(s): Dava Sobel
Narrator(s): George Guidall
Product Number Z100012179
Released: Jan 08, 2008
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Books on Tape
ISBN: #9781415953402