Thursday, September 3, 2009
Book Review: Galileo's daughter
This book looked terribly interesting, but ultimately it was disappointing. It tells the story of Galileo's daughter, and contains translations of her letters to him throughout his life. I expected it to be more ironically entertaining (she was a nun while he was condemned by for heresy), and more profound. Unfortunately, it seems that Galileo's internal struggle of reconciling his faith as a Catholic and his role as a heretical scientist was not recorded very thoroughly. The majority of the book was taken up with trite, commonplace details. If you do read this book, you can get what the book has to offer by reading the few chapters that deal directly with his infamous trial and its immediate aftermath.