By Dava Sobel
Inspired by means of a protracted fascination with Galileo, and via the outstanding surviving letters of his daughter Maria Celeste, a cloistered nun, Dava Sobel has crafted a biography that dramatically recolors the character and accomplishments of a mythic determine whose early-seventeenth-century conflict with Catholic doctrine maintains to outline the schism among technology and religion-the guy Albert Einstein known as "the father of recent physics-indeed of recent technological know-how altogether." it's also a beautiful portrait of Galileo's daughter, anyone hitherto misplaced to historical past, defined by means of her father as "a girl of beautiful brain, singular goodness, and such a lot tenderly hooked up to me."
Moving among Galileo's grand public lifestyles and Maria Celeste's sequestered global, Sobel illuminates the Florence of the Medicis and the papal court docket in Rome through the pivotal period while humanity's conception of its position within the cosmos was once approximately to be overturned. in the course of that very same time, whereas the bubonic plague wreaked its bad devastation and the Thirty Years' conflict tipped fortunes throughout Europe, Galileo sought to reconcile the Heaven he respected as an outstanding Catholic with the heavens he published via his telescope. jam-packed with human drama and medical event, Galileo's Daughter is an unforgettable story.
Praise for Galileo's Daughter :
"[Sobel] exhibits herself a virtuoso at encapsulating the heritage and the politics of technological know-how. Her descriptions of Galileo's ideas…are pithy, vibrant, and intelligible."-Wall highway Journal