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Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

HISTORY BUFFS, REJOICE!

This is an absolutely fascinating look at Galileo and his relationship to his daughter and science through letters penned between the two. It is a shame that many of his daughter's letters were burned (go figure, it was the Inquisition period) but the few that remain ar...
This is an absolutely fascinating look at Galileo and his relationship to his daughter and science through letters penned between the two. It is a shame that many of his daughter's letters were burned (go figure, it was the Inquisition period) but the few that remain are an amazing insight into the man, his science, his religious beliefs and the love he had for his daughter. I highly recommend it.

posted by OSAKAROSE on October 14, 2011

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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Would have rather read about the moody daughter

Three stars only because the story of Galileo is enriching. The daughter's letters are stilted and unrevealing, and it's hard to get a grasp on her true feelings. These letters, full of: 'The fruit was wonderful' and 'Thou art so esteemed to one and all,' gets repetit...
Three stars only because the story of Galileo is enriching. The daughter's letters are stilted and unrevealing, and it's hard to get a grasp on her true feelings. These letters, full of: 'The fruit was wonderful' and 'Thou art so esteemed to one and all,' gets repetitious early on. There's a moody, resentful daughter, also cloistered away with this one of the title, who would have been a far more interesting character than this one. But not too much is said (or possibly known) about that one, Livia.

posted by Anonymous on February 4, 2002

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  • Posted December 29, 2012

    Galileo's daughter? Not really.

    Not what I expected with the title it has. Mostly a scientific explanation of Galileo's theories. Read over 100 pages then stopped. Not my cup of tea.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2001

    Better than a dose of Sominex

    This book was disappointing and I found myself unable to stick with it. Even my scientist husband says the information and research is worthy, but very dull in its presentation. The title is misleading, and I felt the correspondence did not give an insight into the character of Galileo's daughter.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2001

    Who was the Daughter?

    I guess I missed the point again. The letters gave no insight into Galileo or his daughter. They could have been the letters of Schultz the butcher's daughter. Longitude was an 8 on a scale of 10, the Daughter a 2. There must be a better bio. of Galileo avaliable. So the daughter was a victum of a sexist world, what's new for 1630?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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