Describing Sobel’s Galileo’s Daughter


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Describing Sobel’s Galileo’s "Daughter"
The first words that come to mind when describing Sobel’s Galileo’s Daughter are “a delicious biography.”
Sent to a convent in Florence by her father, Suor Maria Celeste –formerly Virginia Galilei-, writes caring letters directed to her father. Unfortunately, there is no recollection of Galileo’s replies but, just by reading Celeste’s letters, one can see the kind of spirit and person she was, the life she had at the convent and the way she used to see and described the life of her father, Galileo, one of the greatest scientists in history.
Despite the deceiving title, this book is mainly about Galileo Galilei. The letters written by Virginia, Galileo’s Daughter’s name at birth, are just a façade....
The end:
.....orical memoir by making them believe that they are tasting a true novel instead.
The whole book is sprinkled with theories and opinions of Galileo and causes the reader to get involved with him, without falling into boredom, from his arrival to Florence with her children ‘till the day of his death.
“News of his death spread although he wanted his burial to remain modest. Galileo, buried alongside his daughter, had been dubbed by Grand Duke Ferdinando as “The Greatest Light of Our Time”!”(p. 357)
By calling Galileo “The Greatest Light Of Our Time” is indeed Sobel’s final tribute. Highly recommended book.
Sobel, D. Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science,
Faith, and Love. Penguin (Non-Classics) (October 31, 2000). pp.432