Book of the Month
November 2017

Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel

Galileo Galilei, the 17th century astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher, and mathematician, was the key figure in the history of observational astronomy. His use of telescopes brought us the phases of Venus, the four brightest moons of Jupiter, Saturn’s rings, and sunspots. Conflict with the Catholic church over his beliefs in Copernican theory resulted in his last years being spent under house arrest. The ongoing clash was described by Galileo in letters to his daughter Virginia, born in 1600 and whom her father placed in a convent. The letters between father and daughter are translated from Italian by Sobel and retell the tumultuous events in Galileo’s life and the love and support from his sequestered daughter.

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Mark Zalcik