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Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel
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March 8, 2017 – Started Reading
March 8, 2017 – Shelved
March 9, 2017 –
page 6
1.43% "Galileo found himself lionized as another Columbus for his conquests. Even as he attained the height of his glory, however, he attracted enmity and suspicion. For instead of opening a distant land dominated by heathens, Galileo trespassed on holy ground: the motions of the heavenly bodies were matters best left to the Holy Fathers of the Church."
March 9, 2017 –
page 264
62.86% "Galileo's geometric and military compass functioned as an early pocket calculator. Invented in 1597."
March 10, 2017 –
page 53
12.62% "Galileo chided the followers of Aristotle for being too timid to stray from their master's texts: "They wish never to raise their eyes from those pages--as if this great book of the universe had been written to be read by nobody but Aristotle, and his eyes had been destined to see for all posterity.""
March 11, 2017 –
page 74
17.62% ""Galileo needed the evidence of the tides to support Copernicus because his astronomical findings to date had failed to prove the Earth's motion...He required the seas to rise to the rescue, not merely of Copernicus's reputation or his own, but to preserve Italy's future scientific preeminence and--most importantly--to protect the honor of the Catholic faith..." Truly a good Catholic. Too bad for the Holy Fathers."
March 12, 2017 –
page 93
22.14% "Galileo: "If reasoning were like hauling I should agree that several reasoners would be worth more than one, just as several horses can haul more sacks of grain than one can. But reasoning is like racing and not like hauling, and a singe Barbary steed can outrun a hundred dray horses.""
March 14, 2017 –
page 174
41.43% "Thus, to imagine an infinite universe was merely to grant almighty God His proper due."
March 17, 2017 –
page 216
51.43% "Plague in Italy 1629-30"
March 17, 2017 –
page 224
53.33% "Galileo's enemies in Rome, whose number was legion, saw the 'Dialogue' as a scandalous glorification of Copernicus."
March 17, 2017 –
page 225
53.57% "And the pope, already loudly accused of flagging Catholic zeal on the battlefronts of Europe, could not allow a new affront to go unpunished. (Politics will get you every time.)"
March 17, 2017 –
page 287
68.33% "Archbishop Piccolomini to the rescue! He offered to take "custody" of Galileo in Siena. His kindness rehabilitated Galileo from his horrific experience in Rome."
March 18, 2017 –
page 326
77.62% "Galileo prided himself on having been the first to build a proper telescope and point it toward the sky. But he believed his own greater genius lay in his ability to observe the world at hand, to understand the behavior of its parts, and to describe those in terms of mathematical proportions."
March 18, 2017 –
page 337
80.24% "With his emphasis on the practical application and value of science, Galileo changes the course of physics: it will never be the same."
March 18, 2017 – Finished Reading
May 23, 2017 – Shelved as: homeschool
May 23, 2017 – Shelved as: mother-dd-bookclub

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