These words were spoken by Galileo Galilei in the book Galileo’s Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson. They ring very true to me. When I consider how geometry shows up over and over in nature and how our solar system is designed, it seems to me that God must, indeed, be a mathematician. I love that.
I also loved the book, Galileo’s Dream. I enjoyed the mix of science fiction and Galileo’s actual life. Kim Stanley Robinson created a very vivid picture of Galileo and his personality. Mr. Robinson obviously read through letters sent and received by Galileo and used them as the basis for the story. The personality felt genuine. Galileo was quite a remarkable man. I can only imagine what it must have been like to make the discoveries that he did. It was fun, even if in a fictional capacity, to step into that world and imagine what it was like.
The science fiction part of the story has to do with the future and civilizations on Jupiter’s moons. The sci-fi story is woven together with major markers of Galileo’s life – or it might be more appropriate to say it is “entangled” with his life.
The theme of entanglement shows up throughout the book and I think that it was done well. By the end of the book, I felt that the pieces/storylines had all turned back on each other to resemble a ball of yarn where the beginning and ending of the thread is impossible to determine. Very fun.
I especially liked that reading this book inspired me to take other actions. I read up on Galileo because I wanted to feel closer to who he was. I found many of his letters online. I also convinced my mom to bring me a telescope that had been sitting in my dad’s shop so I could spy on the heavens.
Good stuff all around.