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#1 New York Times bestselling author Dava Sobelreturns with a captivating, little-kwn true storyof women in science In the mid-nineteenth century, the Harvard College Observatory began employing women as calculators, or human computers, to interpret the observations their male counterparts made via telescope each night. As photography transformed the practice of astromy, the women turned to studying images of the stars captured on glass photographic plates, making extraordinary discoveries that attracted worldwide acclaim. They helped discern what the stars were made of, divided them into meaningful categories for further research, and even found a way to measure distances across space by starlight .Elegantly written and enriched by excerpts from letters, diaries,and memoirs, The Glass Universe is the hidden history of a group of remarkable women whose vital contributions to the burgeoning field of astromy forever changed our understanding of the stars and our place in the universe.
Dava Sobel, a former New York Times science reporter, is the author of 'Longitude', a prize-winning international bestseller, and 'Galileo's Daughter', which was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize. She has co-authored six books, including 'Is Anyone Out There?' with astronomer Frank Drake, and 'The Illustrated Longitude' with William J. H. Andrewes. Dava Sobel has won a number of awards for her outstanding contribution towards public understanding of science. She lives in East Hampton, New York.
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Biography: Science, Technology & Medical
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Fourth Estate Ltd
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