Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love Topics for Discussion

Dava Sobel
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What was Galileo's reaction when his daughters in Virginia and Livia took their vows at the convent of San Matteo, rather than find husbands as was previously planned?

What special considerations were given to Galileo's only son, Vincenzio, that were not afforded to his daughters?

How might the acquiescence of Galileo to the Medicis regarding his theories on the Sun and Moon have damaged his standing in the scientific community?

How might the lives of Galileo and his children have been altered if Galileo had married the children's mother, Marina Gamba?

Who do you consider to be Galileo's most influential and staunch supporter during his time of inquisition by the church? Explain.

What is one possible explanation as to why the letters from Galileo to his daughter Suor Maria Celeste were destroyed but not all of the letters from her to her father?

How might Galileo's supposed...

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