Sobel's book is concerned with the whole of Galileo's life, but especially with the relationship between the scientist and his daughter, Virginia. Her letters to him are at the center of the work. Sobel translates these letters herself and includes the complete text of many of them.
Named Virginia at birth, she was one of three children born out of wedlock to Galileo and Marina Gamba. She adopted the name Maria Celeste after she took her vo...
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