Dava Sobel successfully wove this tale of a courageous, clever, quick-witted young woman, who had a mastermind for a father and how both of them relied on each other to live in complex times. Galileo’s daughter, Maria Celeste, was a nun but that did not prevent her from being her father’s strength. Her ongoing letters with Galileo is the main factor used to describe the dynamics of this exceptional father-daughter relationship. It was as though she lived and took care of him. Distance was not a obstacle to their connection.
The historical description in this book, describing the actions and people in the Renaissance era, is actually gripping. The dealings between the states and duchies, the politics inside the Papal court and even the bubonic plague present an awe-inspiring read.