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Unformatted text preview: After his rebuff in Rome, Galileo returned to Florence, where he settled in the well- appointed villa of Bellosguardo, on a hill west of the city. His choice of residence was based, in part, on its proximity to a Franciscan convent, where two of his daughters had recently entered as nuns. (Their illegitimate birth deprived them of favorable marriage prospects, and so their acceptance by the convent provided a security they could not otherwise have hoped for.) Galileo was very close to his two daughters, particularly the eldest, Virginia, now known as Sister Mary Celeste, who would become a great support to him in his old age. Meanwhile, the Church's prohibitions had not diminished his intellectual fire, although for a time he channeled it into more minor pursuits, focusing on safer topics like magnets and motion, the construction of a microscope, and even plans...
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.
- Fall '07