New in new dust jacket. Tight binding with clean text. New. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 420 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. The author of the bestselling "Longitude" now offers a biography unlike any other on Galileo, focusing on the astronomer's relationship with his daughter, Virginia, a cloistered nun, illuminating an era when one man fought to reconcile the heaven he revered as a good Catholic with the heavens revealed through his telescope. 40 illustrations.
The story of Galileo's struggles with the church are nicely balanced by his relationship with his daughter and her own development into a strong woman. There is little drama--even his "trial" is reduced to transcript excerpts--but it it reflects an oddly current duel between science and religion.
Nov 3, 2011
This is an excellent book that I enjoy thoughrouly
Nov 5, 2010
Dava Sobel has written a beautiful biography about Galileo...she masterfully relives the religious and political battles surrounding his findings and discoveries...and his daughter's letters will make you sit back in awe at the beauty of her writings to her father.
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