Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love
by Dava Sobel
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Galileo Galilei's telescopes allowed him to discover a new reality in the heavens. But for publicly declaring his astounding argument--that ...

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  "Our book club had a difficult time getting through the book" by sharbo (see profile) 09/19/06

I found the book to be a challenge to read. It was more about Galileo and other scientists/philosophers than his relationship with his daughter. I was intrigued by how much Galileo contributed to the world of science and how once again religion and beliefs stifled free thinking.

 
  "This is a look into the brilliant yet plodding mind of Galileo's daughter." by mmcbride (see profile) 04/17/07

Plodding only because she had to be to live the way she needed to so her family could remain as intact as possible. Brilliant because she was the backbone behind Galileo, one of the most brilliant thinkers and scientists of the time. Ladies, in the time of Galileo, had to be married to have status. Their mothers also had to have been married to their fathers.
Galileo's daughter, Virginia, held her father, her sister and herself together as best she could all her life.
The brilliant girl had no recourse but to become a nun and take her sister with her.
When her father publishes his views on the heavens and the pope, who had given his approval for the publication, revokes his approval, Galileo falls out of favor with everyone. . . except his staunch ally --Virginia.
This book is brilliant and a must-read!

 
  "great nonfiction" by Abby0814 (see profile) 07/28/11

 
  "Galileo\\\'s Daughter" by wlreader (see profile) 09/21/15

Most members found the book to be thought-provoking and very interesting. It\'s beautifully written and a new way to think of one of history\\\'s most brilliant scientists.

 
  "Thank God for the written word" by Muzver (see profile) 09/22/15

Galileo's daughter was a remarkable woman. His story is impressive but hers is incredible considering the times and circumstances of her life. How sad that her writings were destroyed.

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