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  • Galileo's Daughter A Historical Memoir of Science Faith and Love
  • Dava Sobel
  • English
  • 16 December 2019
  • 9780007635757

10 thoughts on “Galileo's Daughter A Historical Memoir of Science Faith and Love

  1. says:

    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 reuests for money This book provides considerable detail about the travails the great scient

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    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 uite 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

  3. says:

    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 subs

  4. says:

    After 150 pages I decided if this book didn’t end by smashing the patriarchy I didn’t want to read any And since it would end in 1

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    So given the title you'd think this would be about Galileo's daughter Sister Maria Celeste who he called a woman of exuisite mind singular goodness and most tenderly attached to me Perhaps you might have thought that through her eyes this account is partly based upon and includes several of her letters you might gain insight into the mind of the man Einstein called the father of modern physics indeed of modern science altogether Given she

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    DNF around 30% The title of this book is misleading it's really a book about Galileo and only secondarily about his daughter who was clearly the Human Interest Angle to illuminate the life of a Great Man Despite his devout Catholici

  7. says:

    As the daughter of a physicist I couldn't resist this book It is a biography of both Galileo and his older daughter who was a nun in a local monastery Her letters to Galileo are the foundation of the book I enjoyed reading the histo

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    Galileo Galileo Galileo Figaro MAGNIFICO O O O SCIENCE AND RELIGION My biggest uestion after reading this book is what did Galileo believe?Science has canonized him as one of their patron saints and rightfully so The man was a genius But he

  9. says:

    Galileo had a daughter? So what? That uestion 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 mindDava Sobel again amazed me with her skill in combining history science and human

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    This is a well researched historical novel about the relationship between Galileo and his eldest daughter Virginia Galilei 1600 1634 Apparently Galileo did not marry Marina Gamba of Venice even though they had 3 children together The son Vincenzo was legitimized and studied law at the University of Pisa The two girls were deemed to be un marriageable so were sent off to become nuns when they were 11 years old Virginia became Suor Maria C

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

Personality accomplishment of a mythic figure whose 17th century clash with Catholic doctrine continues to define the schism between science religion Moving between Galileo's grand public life Maria Celeste's seuestered world Sobel illuminates the Florence of the Medicis 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 the 30 Years' War tipped fortunes across Europe one man sought to reconcile the Heaven he revered as a good Catholic with the heavens he revealed thru a telescope With all the drama scientific adventure that distinguished Dava Sobel's previous book Longitude Galileo's Daughter is an unforgettable stor. Galileo Galileo Galileo Figaro MAGNIFICO O O O SCIENCE AND RELIGION My biggest uestion after reading this book is what did Galileo believeScience has canonized him as one of their patron saints and rightfully so The man was a genius But he was also a good Catholic or at least he appeared to be When the church told him to do something he did itYes the church treated him completely unfairly And when one is arguing against those speaking with the authority of God it s difficult to complain about ignorant laws or the injustice of being charged ex post factoBut throughout it all he apparently maintained some sort of cognitive dissonance Perhaps he didn t buy everything the church was selling but he certainly didn t cast it all off eitherI was surprised to see how many of these men were devoted followers of God Not just Galileo but Copernicus et al Because it seems to me Scientists today make Galileo out to be the enemy of the church and I don t believe he wasDon t take this the wrong way I m no enemy of Science I m all for Science But I don t think it s fair to the memory of Galileo to set him up as a propaganda piece Scientists especially should know that the world is much complicated than thatAnd while we re talking about Science it was brought up that Galileo s most enduring discovery wasn t his star gazing It was his use of experimentation Testing and testing and retesting Taking on the word of Aristotle by proving something Sure his discoveries are important but he changed the way we approach problems and that impacts all branches of Science whereas discovering some moons mostly effects astronomyAs for Religion I found it odd that Sobel didn t talk about Luther He gets mentioned a couple times whereas The Thirty Years War gets brought up often Part of the reason the church and when I say the church I m talking about the Catholic church here not the Protestants they had their own problems at the moment was so hard on Galileo was because its authority had been challenged in The Thirty Years War And yes that s in the time frame but certainly they hadn t forgotten about The 95 Theses That was the catalystEither way the church was fighting an uphill battle with Galileo I imagine one could argue that God was on his side Science at least wasThis brings up one of Galileo s main points Nature cannot contradict the Bible If we see something in nature that contradicts scripture either we aren t looking at it correctly or our interpretation of scripture is incorrect He says Holy Scripture cannot err and the decrees therein contained are absolutely true and and inviolable I should only have added that though Scripture cannot err its expounders and interpreters are liable to err in many ways This is THE paradox of a faith that teaches the infallibility of ScriptureAt the time these claims were edgy no doubt But even so I d contend Galileo was still a good decent Catholic When the church told him to censor his book he did He blacked out the offending passages Although Sobel adds that he did so with very light strokesThis brings me to some last thoughts dealing with censorshipI heard that Stalin censored the same way He d outright ban books or he d have everyone black out offending passagesAnd I know I m going out on a limb here I know I m getting away from Galileo but this is what really REALLY worries me about Kindles and e Books and i Pads etc That if someone comes along and wants to censor something with books they have to go one at a time With e books a person can just click and it s gone

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Inspired by long fascination with Galileo the surviving letters of his daughter a cloistered nun Sobel has written a biography of the one Einstein called the father of modern physics indeed of modern science altogether Galileo's Daughter presents a portrait of a person hitherto lost to history described by Galileo as a woman of exuisite mind singular goodness most tenderly attached to me Son of a musician Galileo Galilei 1564 1642 tried at 1st to enter a monastery before engaging the skills that made him the foremost scientist of his day Tho he never left Italy his inventions discoveries were heralded round the world Most sensationally his telescopes allowed him to reveal a new reality in the heavens to reinforce the argument that the Earth moves round the Sun For this. 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 worldBut 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

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

Belief he was brought before the Holy Office of the Inuisition accused of heresy forced to spend his last years under house arrest Of Galileo's three illegitimate children the eldest best mirrored his own brilliance industry sensibility by virtue of such ualities became his confidante Born Virginia in 1600 she was 13 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 thru his most productive tumultuous years Her presence thru letters which Sobel has translated from their original Italian woven into the narrative graces her father's life now as it did then Galileo's Daughter dramatically recolors the. So given the title you d think this would be about Galileo s daughter Sister Maria Celeste who he called a woman of exuisite mind singular goodness and most tenderly attached to me Perhaps you might have thought that through her eyes this account is partly based upon and includes several of her letters you might gain insight into the mind of the man Einstein called the father of modern physics indeed of modern science altogether Given she s described of exuisite mind perhaps you thought she might have contributed to his experiments or thinking If you re expecting any of that you re going to be disappointed Really this is a uick reading biography of Galileo and there are several chapters that deal with his life before his daughter enters into the story And given she was a cloistered nun from her teenage years hers was not a life of wide scope or interest aside from her being the daughter of a famous father Her letters though they show a loving daughter who had no doubts about her father s faith don t reveal a remarkable intelligence though that would be hard given the letters in the book are filled with little than such mundane details as grocery and laundry lists and asking Galileo to fix a broken clock What seemed to have animated the book is Sobel s desire to argue there there is no reason to see science and faith as opposed and to present Galileo as a devout and obedient son of the Catholic Church particularly as demonstrated through his loving relationship with a supportive devout daughter dedicated to the religious life The Catholic Church both revered shouldn t be slurred with condemning Galileo according to SobelTechnically however the anti Copernican Edict of 1616 was issued by the Congregation of the Index not by the Church Similarly in 1633 Galileo was tried and sentenced by the Holy Office of the Inuisition not by the Church Moreover Sobel related the Catholic pontiffs who condoned both rulings didn t invoke papal infallibility Alrighty then that must have consoled Galileo who was forced to renounce the Copernican theory found his books banned was put under house arrest for the rest of his life after dealing with the Inuisition and the threat of being put under torture or even burned at the stake as the Astronomer Bruno had been in 1600 by the Inuisition just decades before The sad thing to me is as Sobel presented it Galileo had done everything he could to follow Church teaching and rulings He submitted his book on Copernican theory to the Church s censor told them to change whatever they wanted to got a license to print it and the Church s imprimatur But the Pope was convinced that Galileo was mocking him personally in the book had him prosecuted and the book appeared in the next Index of Proscribed Books where it would stay for 200 years But we shouldn t blame the Catholic Church Nope it was all just a tragic mutual misunderstanding That all reads to me not so much as apologia as satire yet Sobel does convince me that Galileo truly didn t want a breach with the Church and was a man of faith and science But for me that just makes poignant and disgraceful the bullying of an elderly old man by the machinery of the ChurchIf the book had a strength though it was how lucidly it explained the science and Galileo s discoveries just why he can right be called a father of modern science And after reading some very dense histories lately it was something of a relief to read something easier that you could cut through like a heated knife through butter But I didn t think I got than a rather superficial gloss on Galileo s life and times


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