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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.
This book is a life of Galileo as told from his letters to and from his daughter, Maria Celeste.
While it is true that this book is very much about the life of Galileo, his daughter's letters bring to light a personal side of the man that is rarely touched upon.
This book is great to read because there is a lot on information and it is very well written, so it does not get boring.
In 1633, the astronomer Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) was tried and convicted of heresy by the Holy Office of the Inquisition for the crime of having defended the idea that the sun... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Jennifer Cameron-Smith
This is an excellent historical novel based on letters that Galilleo's daughter wrote to him while in a convent. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sally Peavy
Very well written. Love historical biographies to begin with. This one offered a detailed glimpse into life in Italy during Galileo's time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Susan Marie Sarkes
The writer could have done so much more by turning this into a novel. Instead it is a retelling of the most famous parts of Galileo 's story, with the most boring details of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kristine123
this book was amazing. Well written and the ending is hauntingly beautiful. Sure see Galileo in a new way through his daughters eyes.Published 3 months ago by Vera L. Ziegler
I typically don't read biographies, but I was so taken by _Madame Chiang Kai Shek_ and Sobel's _Longitude_, I couldn't resist. Read morePublished 3 months ago by doc peterson
It was a very interesting book and provided a lot of insight into the life of Galileo. I would like to now read the author's book on Longitudes.Published 5 months ago by Anita Beem
I spend time reading and looking up information presented in the book. Not only a wonderful story, but without a doubt a book that must be kept for research and share information... Read morePublished 5 months ago by mdamon
I did believe this was going to be a book about Sister Maria Celeste, the very religious daughter of Galileo. But this was more about the man himself. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Francine Brackens