“Galileo’s Daughter” by Dava Sobel

This biography of Galileo was a lot of fun.  It includes interesting and insightful commentary on the state of science at the time and how Galileo’s work revolutionized it, the theocratic politics in which he was trapped, and a wonderful look into his personal life via letters from his daughter, Sister Maria Celeste (born Virginia).  (Sadly, none of Galileo’s letters to his daughter survive — they seem to have been destroyed after her death, perhaps by the abbess of her convent.)  A pleasant and easy read.

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