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This is an auction for TO FATHER: THE LETTERS OF SISTER MARIA CELESTE TO GALILEO 1623-1633, edited by Dava Sobel. review:

“This is the story of Galileo's daughter, Sister Maria Celeste, as told through her letters to her father. Galileo Galilei was at the heart of the most dramatic collision in history between science and religion. But the great Italian scientist was also a loving father who treasured his illegitimate daughter, Virginia. She was perhaps her father's equal in brilliance, industry and sensibility, and became his greatest source of strength during his most difficult years. Since there could be no hope of marriage for her, at 13 she entered a convent near Florence to spend the rest of her days within its walls as Sister Maria Celeste. Her letters span a decade, from 1623 to 1633. In that period, a new Pope battled the Protestant Reformation and filled Rome with artistic monuments. The Thirty Years' War embroiled all of Europe. The bubonic plague erupted from Germany, ravaging Florence until stemmed by a miracle. And a new philosophy of science threatened to overturn the order of the universe. Through Maria Celeste's evocative letters the man who defied the Catholic Church is seen to depend on the prayers of a pious daughter.”

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Large format (trade) paperback 2001.

377 pages.

Very good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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