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Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love
This is a wonderful memoir about Galileo the man. It's not a biography, per se, although it does follow his chronology. Sobel follows the arc of his life and researches, his relationship with his daughter (he had two daughters, both nuns, and his correspondence with one survives today), and how his position was stressed during his time under the threat of the Inquisition. The book is incredibly well researched and paints a vivid picture of Renaissance and Plague-Era Tuscany. After reading this and Longitude, I am convinced that Dava Sobel is a unique and talented writer of historical non-fiction and I will read anything she has to write.
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