Thursday, September 8, 2011

Recommended Read - Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel

Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and LoveGalileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love by Dava Sobel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Every once in a while you come across a book that leaves you feeling fascinated with a new subject and increases your overall life knowledge. This book is one of those rare masterpieces! Rather than a dry, boring historical biography, we are drawn in to discover the true personalities and struggles of the famous astrologist/philosopher/mathematician Galileo and his eldest daughter, Sister Maria Celeste. These two remarkable people come alive in this touching narrative, through a series of letters and accounts of historical occurrences that impacted them both. The reader will find herself transported to a time when the Bubonic Plague claimed many lives; a time when the Pope determined what books could and could not be published; and a time when radical new ideas and scientific advances could be seen as heresy rather than breakthroughs.

This is a book that is truly worth reading, especially for those who seek to walk away feeling smarter than they were before reading it.

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