Galileo's Daughter Author:Dava Sobel Galileo was the foremost scientist of his day: 1564-1642. Einstein called him the "father of modern physics--indeed of modern science altogether." Born in Italy, Galileo's inventions and discoveries were heralded around the world. When he proposed that the Earth moves around the Sun, he was tried for heresy and threatened with torture. — In contr... more »ast, his daughter Virginia, born in 1600, became a cloistered nun.
This book was inspired by the remarkable surviving letters of Virginia to her father, translated into English by author Sobel. The letters of these two echo down the centuries, bringing the inventor to life as never before.« less