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The Resource Galileo's daughter : a historical memoir of science, faith, and love, Dava Sobel

Galileo's daughter : a historical memoir of science, faith, and love, Dava Sobel

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Galileo's daughter : a historical memoir of science, faith, and love
Title
Galileo's daughter
Title remainder
a historical memoir of science, faith, and love
Statement of responsibility
Dava Sobel
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The son of a musician, Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) tried at first to enter a monastery before engaging the skills that made him the foremost scientist of his day. Though he never left Italy, his inventions and discoveries were heralded around the world. Most sensationally, his telescopes allowed him to reveal a new reality in the heavens and to reinforce the astounding argument that the Earth moves around the Sun. For this belief, he was brought before the Holy Office of the Inquisition, accused of heresy, and forced to spend his last years under house arrest. Of Galileo's three illegitimate children, the eldest best mirrored his own brilliance, industry, and sensibility, and by virtue of these qualities became his confidante. Born Virginia in 1600, she was thirteen when Galileo placed her in a convent near him in Florence, where she took the most appropriate name of Suor Maria Celeste. Her loving support, which Galileo repaid in kind, proved to be her father's greatest source of strength throughout his most productive and tumultuous years. Her presence, through letters which Sobel has translated from their original Italian and woven into the narrative, graces her father's life now as it did then. Galileo's Daughter dramatically recolors the personality and accomplishment of a mythic figure whose seventeenth-century clash with Catholic doctrine continues to define the schism between science and religion. Moving between Galileo's grand public life and Maria Celeste's sequestered world, Sobel illuminates the Florence of the Medicis and the papal court in Rome during the pivotal era when humanity's perception of its place in the cosmos was being overturned
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sobel, Dava
Dewey number
  • 520/.92
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Galilei, Galileo
  • Galilei, Maria Celeste
  • Astronomers
Label
Galileo's daughter : a historical memoir of science, faith, and love, Dava Sobel
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Publication
Copyright
Note
Paperback copies published by: New York : Penguin Books, 2000 (22 cm.)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
420 pages
Isbn
9780140280555
Isbn Type
(pbk. : Penguin, 2000)
Lccn
99023885
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(Sirsi) ACD-8151
Label
Galileo's daughter : a historical memoir of science, faith, and love, Dava Sobel
Publication
Copyright
Note
Paperback copies published by: New York : Penguin Books, 2000 (22 cm.)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
420 pages
Isbn
9780140280555
Isbn Type
(pbk. : Penguin, 2000)
Lccn
99023885
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(Sirsi) ACD-8151

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