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Author Sobel, Dava.

Title Galileo's daughter : a historical memoir of science, faith, and love / Dava Sobel.

Publication Info. New York : Walker & Co., 2011.


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 LaSalle PL Adult Non Fiction - LSBB-3  520.92 SOB    AVAILABLE
 United Township HS SD 30 Stacks - UTSG-6  520.92 SOB    AVAILABLE
Description ix, 420 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
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Note "With a new preface"--Cover [p.4].
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 376-393) and index.
Summary "Inspired by a long fascination with Galileo, and by the remarkable surviving letters of his daughter, the cloistered nun Maria Celeste, Dava Sobel has crafted a biography that dramatically recolors the personality and accomplishments of a mythic figure whose early-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. During that same time, while the bubonic plague wreaked its terrible devastation and the Thirty Years' War tipped fortunes across Europe, Galileo sought to reconcile the Heaven he revered as a good Catholic with the heavens he revealed through his telescope"--Page 4 of cover.
Subject Galileo, 1564-1642 -- Correspondence.
Galilei, Maria Celeste, 1600-1634 -- Correspondence.
Galileo, 1564-1642.
Galilei, Maria Celeste, 1600-1642.
Astronomers -- Italy -- Biography.
Astronomy -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biographies.
ISBN 9780802779656 paperback
0802779654 paperback

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