Galileo’s Daughter : A Drama of Science, Faith and Love
by Dava Sobel
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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International, the bestseller of the author of Longitude, the Daughter of Galilee is the fascinating story of the relationship between the great Italian scholar Galileo and his daughter, VirginiaGalileo Galilei (1564-1642) was the first scientist of his time, “the father of modern physics – in fact of modern science in total” in the words of Albert EinsteinIf he never left Italy from his birth, his inventions and discoveries have recognized all over the worldHis telescopes allowed him to reveal a new reality in the heavens, and to defend the amazing proposition that the Earth makes moves around the SunFrom this belief, he faced the Holy Inquisition Office and was subsequently tried for heresy and threatened with torture.Galileo is brought to life here as never before – a bold man forced to explain the truths he discovered, man in his fragility and faith, dedicated to the family and, in particular, to his daughterSince there is no hope of marriage for his illegitimate daughter Galileo placed, the age of thirteen, in a convent near him in FlorenceShe is his greatest source of strength thanks to his most difficult yearsThrough letters, contemporary writings, their voices are brought to life and woven into Dava Sobel’s convincing narrativeDaughter of Galileo tells the story of the most spectacular collision in history between science and religionDava Sobel illuminated an entire era, when the flamboyant Dukes Medici of the Great became Galileo’s patrons, when the Bubonic plague destroyed a generation, and prayer was the most effective medicine, when a man fought to reconcile Heaven, he worshipped as a good Catholic with the heavens, he revealed through his telescopeGalileo is the Daughter of a rich and unforgettable history
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