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While Galileo tangled with the Church, Maria Celeste--whose adopted name was a tribute to her father's fascination with the heavens--provided moral and emotional support with her frequent letters, approving of his work because she knew the depth of his faith. As Sobel notes, "It is difficult today ... to see the Earth at the center of the Universe. Yet that is where Galileo found it." With her fluid prose and graceful turn of phrase, Sobel breathes life into Galileo, his daughter, and the earth-centered world in which they lived. --Sunny Delaney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Galileo's Dream starts fast and seems light years better than Green Mars, the last book of Kim Stanley Robinson that I read. Then, the tall dark man enters and the story stops. Read morePublished 15 hours ago by Len Robertson
I got this one because I was under the impression Galileo did not like the church but his daughter did. I thought her letters were attempting to bridge the gap. Read morePublished 3 days ago by taylor storey
Read only a third of this book. I would have needed to have a substantial monetary reward or a gun to my head to finish it. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Linda
I was expecting this book to be historical fiction like Phillipa Gregory or Elizabeth Chadwick write. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Debbie Winn
The beautiful, poignant story about the relationship between Galileo and his illegitimate daughter, Maria Celeste, a cloistered nun. Read morePublished 26 days ago by RachelB
Interesting book with facts of which I was unaware. It was written in an easy manner to read and understand. Read morePublished 1 month ago by sailing
Very interesting if you are interested in how utterly pervasive the Catholic Church was at that time and what and why people believed what they did. Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Bobber