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Not What I Expected, But Worth Reading
on 10 March 2002
The title of this book is somewhat misleading because it really is the story of Galileo rather than his daughter. Sadly, none of Galileo's letters to his daughter in the convent have survived, so the correspondence is somewhat one-sided (Marie Celeste's letters only are featured and not that many of those).
Having said all that, I enjoyed the book, even though it was not quite what I had expected. Dava Sobel makes what could be a rather dry subject, interesting and easy to digest. The background to the period was intriguing too - all those power-mad Popes, the 30 years war and the awful Black Death.
I don't usually read non-fiction and this was certainly not an easy read (I had to concentrate!)but it was worth the effort. I felt I had really learned something by reading it! Hurrah, science can be fun! I'll probably read 'Longitude' now!