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Galileo's Daughter: A Drama of Science, Faith and Love
 

Galileo's Daughter: A Drama of Science, Faith and Love (Paperback, New edition)

By Sobel, Dava

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From the international best-selling author of Longitude, Galileo's Daughter is the fascinating story of the relationship between the great Italian scientist Galileo and his daughter, Virginia. Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) was the foremost scientist of his day, 'the father of moder...n physics -- indeed of modern science altogether' in the words of Albert Einstein. Though he never left the Italy of his birth, his inventions and discoveries were heralded around the world. His telescopes allowed him to reveal a new reality in the heavens and to defend the astounding proposition that the Earth actually moves around the Sun. For this belief he faced the Holy Office of the Inquisition and was subsequently tried for heresy and threatened with torture. Galileo is brought to life here as never before -- a man boldly compelled to explain the truths he discovered, human in his frailties and faith, devoted to family and, especially, to his daughter. Since there could be no hope of marriage for his illegitimate daughter Galileo placed her, aged thirteen, in a convent near him in Florence. She proved to be his greatest source of strength through his most difficult years. Through letters, contemporary writings, their voices are brought to vivid life and woven into Dava Sobel's compelling narrative. Galileo's Daughter tells the story of the most dramatic collision in history between science and religion. Dava Sobel illuminates an entire era, when the flamboyant Medici Grand Dukes became Galileo's patrons, when the Bubonic plague destroyed a generation and prayer was the most effective medicine, when one man fought to reconcile the Heaven he revered as a good Catholic with the heavens he revealed through his telescope. Galileo's Daughter is a rich and unforgettable story.
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ISBN 9781857027129
Released NZ 1 Oct 2000
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback, New edition
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ISBN-13 9781857027129
Stock Available
Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint 4th Estate
Released 1 Oct 2000
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Sobel, Dava
Category Biography & Autobiography
Christian communities & monasticism
History Of Science
Popular Science
Number of Pages 448
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 29mm
Dewey Code 509.2
Weight 300g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Astronomers, Italy, Biography, Nuns
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade

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