While Galileo Galilei was under house arrest, accused of heresy for his claim that the earth revolved around the sun, his daughter Virginia, a ...Show synopsisWhile Galileo Galilei was under house arrest, accused of heresy for his claim that the earth revolved around the sun, his daughter Virginia, a cloistered nun, proved to be her father's greatest source of strength through the difficult years of his trial and persecution. Winner of the Christopher Award and named a Notable Book of the Year by the "New York Times". Illustrations.Hide synopsis
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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.
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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