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To Father: The Letters Of Sister Maria Celeste To Galileo, 1623 1633

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Galileo's daughter was her father's greatest source of strength during his most difficult time. Galileo was at the heart of the most dramatic collision between science & religion in history. He was also a loving father who treasured his illegitimate daughter, Virginia, perhaps her father's equal in brilliance & sensibility. Since marriage was impossible, she ...more
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Caroline
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection of letters, presented in the original Italian alongside an English translation, is a fascinating look into the lives of Galileo Galilei and his daughter, a nun at the Convent of San Matteo. There is an introduction that gives an overview of Virginia Galilei's life, and there follow 124 of her letters to her father that are still in existence. Not being able to read Italian, I guess I can't say this is an impeccable translation, but I'm pretty sure that it is. Suor Maria Celeste ...more
Lucas
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading a couple of accounts of Galileo's life, it is nice to see a complete collection of these marvelous letters. As someone else has said before, it is scarcely imaginable that Galileo was human once you see the lengths and expenses (with so little gratitude) his many relatives brought before him. Marie Celeste was one of the few who made claims upon him that seemed meritorious, and often she would plead so subtly that a man such as Galileo must have willingly acceded merely to the ...more
Susan Massolia
Jan 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
These are actual letters written to Galileo from his daughter, a cloistered nun, who entered the convent (near Florence, Italy)at the age of 13. I'm a history nut, so to read these letters and get a feel of what their life was like in the early 1600s is wonderfully interesting! The way they spoke, what they ate, the politics and religious views of the time - every leter I read, I look forward to the next.
Lila DiPasqua
Feb 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While cloistered in a convent, Galileo’s daughter, Sister Maria Celeste, wrote over one hundred letters to her father. This book is a collection of those surviving letters, a wonderful look into the lives of both daughter and the famous scientist, Galileo. Rich with historical details and tidbits, each letter is presented in the original Italian version as well as in its English translation. I delighted in both.
vk
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A truthful glance of that era through 124 surviving letters, from a daughter to her beloved father.
Mary
Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply amazing! Let history tell itself.
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