The daughter of the title sends him letters, usually including requests for money. The time period featured here is not one that I've ever been especially interested in. It was fascinating to read about Galileo's trial for heresy and how he tried to balance his Catholic faith which meant abiding by the Pope's edicts and the conflicting scientific observations he This was an interesting and very detailed and well-researched biography of Galileo mixed in with details about every day life in 17th-century Italy from the surviving letters from his oldest daughter, a nun in a local monastery. Sobel briefly recounts Galileo's tenure at both the Universities of Pisa and Padua. Virginia became Suor Maria Celeste and her sister Livia became Suor Archangela. The only problem I had with the book was that at times i This was an interesting book on Galileo and his relationship with his daughter Virginia, later changed to Suor Maria Celeste when she entered the convent at the age of 13 with her sister.
The motions of the heavenly bodies, they said, having been touched upon in the Psalms, the Book of Joshua, and elsewhere in the Bible, were matters best left to the Holy Fathers of the Church. Thanks to her succinct and efficient prose, Galileo's prostration before the Inquisition reveals more than simple science-versus-religion symbolism. It also inspired me to go have a look at the sky for myself! This section contains 569 words approx. And given she was a cloistered nun from her teenage years, hers was not a life of wide scope or interest aside from her being the daughter of a famous father. No detectable strife ever disturbed the affectionate relationship between Galileo and his daughter. So, because of the misleading title I was mostly disappointed, despite Galileo's contributions in physics and science. Soon after her thirteenth birthday, he placed her at the Convent of San Matteo in Arcetri, where she lived out her life in poverty and seclusion.
And when one is arguing against those speaking with the authority of God, it's difficult to complain about ignorant laws or the injustice of being charged ex post facto. But, if one is a scholar, where is the news? And his flamboyant style of promulgating his ideas--sometimes in bawdy humorous writings, sometimes loudly at dinner parties and staged debates--transported the new astronomy from the Latin Quarters of the universities into the public arena. Galileo had 3 illegitimate children to care for. How anxiously I live, awaiting word from you ; In the chambers of the Holy Office of the Inquisition ; Vainglorious ambition, pure ignorance, and inadvertence ; Faith vested in the miraculous Madonna of Impruneta ; Judgment passed on your book and your person -- At Siena. The daughters are thus unmarriageable, and are sent to a convent.
Este libro hace un recorrido por la vida de Galileo. But it would be a harder book to write, and, probably, to read. She accepted Galileo's conviction that God had dictated the Holy Scriptures to guide men's spirits but proffered the unraveling of the universe as a challenge to their intelligence. What a pity Galileo's letters to his daughter got lost! While Galileo had his son legitimized, both daughters were consigned as young girls to a convent, where they lived in abject poverty and struggled with poor health. But Sobel's history of Galileo's unpublicized relationship with his daughter is a narrative and thus moves along more like a stream in spring than its waters in winter. Toss it aside like the trash it is. The mythology of Galileo, as truly the first modern scientist, is, of course, both revered and legendary.
Had she been born in modern ages, I could see her working with her father in his area since she comes across as very intuitive and smart. I highly recommend this read. The son Vincenzo was legitimized and studied law at the University of Pisa. Por otro lado otros momentos muy importantes de la vida de Galileo como su estancia en Padua donde realizó sus investigaciones sobre mecánica y movimiento pasan completamente inadvertidos. I love how words gave her access outside of the cloistered walls of her convent and how words connected her with her father's deepest and most famous thoughts. Galileo was punished by being placed under house arrest and ordered to publicly affirm his belief in the earth-centred universe.
We learn as well that Galileo was a generous benefactor of the Convent, and that Suor Maria Celeste served as an apothecary and was sought out by the abbesses to write important letters. This book was clearly a labor of love, well researched and with sympathetic, very human depictions of Galileo, his daughter Sister Maria Celeste, and other folks. I admit, I didn't know much about the man other than that he was the father of modern sciences and was censored by the Catholic church, but I didn't know the details of that. Toss it aside like the trash it is. A fascinating walk through the story of Galileo and his discoveries, as well as an exploration of how much of a key figure his cloistered daughter was in his life. Yet today so many are comfortable ignoring the facts of climate change, focusing instead on those two inches of debate. They remained loyal to each other through his trials with the church.
Already by 1611, Galileo had begun accumulating enemies among academics because of his anti-Aristotelian views. The Catholic Church is the pre-eminent political institution of its time, and thus, Galileo must deal with the reality he inhabits, trying to find ways around the silliness of revealed truth. It is a biography of both Galileo and his older daughter, who was a nun in a local monastery. Though he never left Italy, his inventions and discoveries were heralded around the world. A deft book draws readers along and guides them not badly through complex matters of science, theology, religious practice, politics, and law. The answer, surprisingly, is quite a lot.
But he was also a good Catholic - or at least he appeared to be. Galileo knew the man personally--he had demonstrated his telescope to him and the two had taken the same side one night in a debate about floating bodies after a banquet at the Florentine court. However, the study of the heavens was not without trouble. Galileo's efforts provided the beginning of a proof. 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. Like the daughter, Sobel's father is a free agent, transparent to himself, to his reasons, and to us.
The book provides a well-written overview of Galileo's life and discoveries, so if that's your reason for reading, you may very well enjoy it. Her letters, animated by her belief in Galileo's innocence of any heretical depravity, carried him through the ordeal of his ultimate confrontation with Urban and the Inquisition in 1633. But I didn't think I got more than a rather superficial gloss on Galileo's life and times. This is not love across a crowded room, on some enchanted evening, the inspiration of a moment. I was engrossed in the story, and the characters were brought to life well.
Interestingly, no one really disputed either man on experimental data — it was a question of rejecting them because they opposed ideas of Aristotle who was highly revered. Perhaps he didn't buy everything the church was selling, but he certainly didn't cast it all off either. While the letters brought a relatively unknown person to life, and showed Galileo as a loving father, they did break up the narrative often enough to annoy me after a certain point. Galileo's studies, which consisted of confirming the theories of Nicolaus Copernicus, opened new found worlds and were eventually responsible for his obtaining an appointment as the chief mathematician and philosopher to the Grand Duke of Tuscany in 1610. Drawing upon the remarkable surviving letters that Virginia wrote to her father, Dava Sobel has written a fascinating history of Medici--era Italy, a mesmerizing account of Galileo's scientific discoveries and his trial by Church authorities, and a touching portrayal of a father--daughter relationship. Its speed of revolution about the sun exceeds seventy thousand miles per hour. The work, the , was denounced to the Roman Inquisition.