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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.
A stunning book. Brilliant story easy to read. Engaging. Exquisitely human and in many ways sad due to the persecution by the chirchPublished 8 days ago by T. C. Norman
Interesting historical novel. I hadn't read or knew that much about Galileo or how pwereful the Catholic church was ib olden times.Published 15 days ago by Robert Sessums
The very worse aspect of this brilliantly researched and written book is that it describes how the Catholic Church forced even Galileo to disavow what he must have known to be... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dave Carlson (aka "Don," the Kmart Senior Vice President and CIO)
If you haven't read about Galileo since the typical short historical introduction gained in high school, as I have, this book will be truly eye opening. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ChrissieS
Really, really boring, The author fails to provide enough background to keep a non-historian interested and the story itself doesn't go anywhere.Published 2 months ago by Kathleen C. Krueger
A real empathy with Galileo's beloved daughter and a wonderful description of the society at Galileo's time.Published 2 months ago by Bruno Autin
I have been fascinated by Galileo's discoveries since I started reading about the most popular ones when I was in science classes in Junior and High School. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael A Kay
I read this book when it came out and loved it. For some reason, though, I decided to read it again recently. I found the second read much more enjoyable than the first one. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kathy Adams Clark