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

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

Format:  Paperback,

420 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Nov 2000

ISBN-13: 9780140280555

ISBN-10: 0140280553

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-- Also appeared on the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Publishers Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Independent, Wordstock, NCIBA, and Booksense bestseller lists
-- Winner of the Christopher Award and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award
-- Named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, and the American Library Association
-- Longitude sold more than 300,000 copies in paperback and spent 25 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list
-- The Penguin edition features a stunning package with a beautiful step-back cover


Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Nov 2000
ISBN-13: 9780140280555
ISBN-10: 0140280553
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 420
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.79
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.54 x 0.91 x 8.4

About the author

Biography of Sobel, Dava

Dava Sobel is an American writer who was born in the Bronx, New York, on June 15, 1947. Her books are generally written about the popular science genre and include these titles: Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time (about English clockmaker John Harrison who created the first chronometer); Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love; The Planets, and A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionised the Cosmos.

Sobel graduated from The Bronx High School of Science and Binghamton University. She holds honorary doctor of letters degrees from the University of Bath, and Middlebury College, Vermont, both awarded in 2002. The asteroid 30935 Davasobel is named after her. Sobel is also a former New York Times science reporter and has contributed articles to Audubon, Discover, Life and The New Yorker. She was a contributing editor to Harvard Magazine, writing about scientific research and the history of science.

Chapter outline

To Florence
She who was so precious to you
This grand book the universe
Bright stars speak of your virtues
To have the truth seen and recognijed
In the very face of the sun
Observant executrix of God's commands
The malice of my persecutors
Conjecture here among shadows
On Bellosguardo
How our father is favored
To busy my self in your service
What we require above all else
Because of our jeal
Through my memory of their eloquence
A small and trifling body
On the right path, by the grace of God
The tempest of our many torments
In Rome
While seeking to immortalije your fame
Since the Lord chastises us with these whips
The hope of having you always near
That I should be begged to publish such a work
In Care of the Tuscan Embassy, Villa Medici, Rome
How anxiously I live, awaiting word from you
In the chanbers of the Holy Office of the Inguisition
Jainglorious anbition, pure ignorance, and inadvertence
Faithvested in the miraculous Madonna of Jmpruneta
Judgment passed on your book and your person
At Siena
Not knowing how to refuse him the keys
Terrible destruction on the feast of San Lorenjo
Recitation of the penitential psalms
The book of life, or, Aprophet accepted in his own land
From Arcetri
My soul and its longing
Until I have this from your lips
As I struggle to understand
The memory of the sweetnesses
In Galileo's Time
Florentine Weights, Measures, Currency
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Awards and Recognitions

  • Christopher Book Awards, 2000 (United States)
  • Pulitzer Prize, 2000 (United States)

Book description

While Galileo Galilei was under house arrest, accused of heresy for his claim that the earth revolved around the sun, his daughter Virginia, a cloistered nun, proved to be her father's greatest source of strength through the difficult years of his trial and persecution. Winner of the Christopher Award and named a Notable Book of the Year by the "New York Times". Illustrations.

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