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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.
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Dava Sobel writing compelling story. This is a must read for all amateur back yard astronomers.
this book arrived in below my expectations, however the seller was great in that they offered me a full refund. Might purchase from this seller againPublished on March 3 2010 by Quincy Nelson
This six part, 33 chapter book, by Dava Sobel, has two themes running through it:
Theme #1: Decribes thoroughly the life and times of Galileo Galilei (1564 to... Read more
Dava Sobel made an excellent job in this book. Family is an aspect of Galileo's life never exploded before (at least not that I know) and totally gives you a different perspective... Read morePublished on July 3 2004 by Sergio A. Salazar Lozano
Dava Sorbel (in case you wondered, it's s a woman) has written a thoroughly entertaining and gripping account of Galileo Galilei's life from an unusual angle. Read morePublished on June 29 2004 by Mr P R Morgan
A historical Memoir of science, faith, and love. The book purports to use letters from Galileo's daughter to form the basis of this biography and they are certainly a major part... Read morePublished on April 10 2004 by Arnold V. Loveridge
Some biographers, through talent and the intelligent use of a pen, can make their subject's life a fascinating and interesting tale. Read morePublished on March 22 2004 by "enhollenbeck"
Despite the title, the book is not about Galileo's daughter. While her correspondence with her father figures prominently throughout the book and details of her life factor into... Read morePublished on March 19 2004 by Atheen
I give this book five stars, because it is absolutely essential reading for anyone wanting a schoalrly, balanced account of "the Galileo incident" at the center of modern... Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2004 by JohnMatthias