The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars

Viking - They helped discern what stars were made of, divided the stars into meaningful categories for further research, and 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 the women whose contributions to the burgeoning field of astronomy forever changed our understanding of the stars and our place in the universe.

The “glass universe” of half a million plates that Harvard amassed over the ensuing decades—through the generous support of Mrs. Viking. At the outset this group included the wives, and daughters of the resident astronomers, sisters, Wellesley, but soon the female corps included graduates of the new women's colleges—Vassar, and Smith.

The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars - Cecilia helena payne,  who in 1956 became the first ever woman professor of astronomy at Harvard—and Harvard’s first female department chair. Their ranks included williamina fleming, a scottish woman originally hired as a maid who went on to identify ten novae and more than three hundred variable stars; Annie Jump Cannon, who designed a stellar classification system that was adopted by astronomers the world over and is still in use; and Dr.

Wilson literary Science Writing Award"A joy to read. The wall street journal 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 astronomy, the ladies turned from computation to studying the stars captured nightly on glass photographic plates.

Anna palmer draper, the widow of a pioneer in stellar photography—enabled the women to make extraordinary discoveries that attracted worldwide acclaim.





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

Bloomsbury USA - During that same time, while the bubonic plague wreaked its terrible devastation and the Thirty Years' War tipped fortunes across Europe, Galileo sought to reconcile the Heaven he revered as a good Catholic with the heavens he revealed through his telescope. Filled with human drama and scientific adventure, Galileo's Daughter is an unforgettable story.

Praise for galileo's daughter : "Sobel shows herself a virtuoso at encapsulating the history and the politics of science. Her descriptions of Galileo's ideas. Are pithy, vivid, and intelligible. Wall street Journal Walker Books Ltd. Inspired by a long fascination with galileo, a cloistered nun, and by the remarkable surviving letters of his daughter Maria Celeste, Dava Sobel has crafted a biography that dramatically recolors the personality and accomplishments of a mythic figure whose early-seventeenth-century clash with Catholic doctrine continues to define the schism between science and religion-the man Albert Einstein called "the father of modern physics-indeed of modern science altogether.

Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love - It is also a stunning portrait of galileo's daughter, singular goodness, described by her father as "a woman of exquisite mind, a person hitherto lost to history, and most tenderly attached to me. Moving between galileo's grand public life and maria Celeste's sequestered world, Sobel illuminates the Florence of the Medicis and the papal court in Rome during the pivotal era when humanity's perception of its place in the cosmos was about to be overturned.





The Planets

Viking - Sobel explores the planets’ origins and oddities through the lens of popular culture, poetry, music, from astrology, biography, mythology, and science fiction to art, and history. A perfect gift and a captivating journey, The Planets is a gorgeously illustrated study of our place in the universe that will mesmerize everyone who has ever gazed with awe at our night sky.

Watch a windows Media trailer for this book. Watch a Quicktime trailer for this book. Now, in the planets, sobel brings her full talents to bear on what is perhaps her most ambitious subject to date—the planets of our solar system. The sun’s family of planets become a familiar place in this personal account of the lives of other worlds.

The Planets - Walker Books Ltd. With her blockbuster new york times bestsellers longitude and Galileo’s Daughter, Dava Sobel used her rare and luminous gift for weaving difficult scientific concepts into a compelling story to garner rave reviews and attract readers from across the literary spectrum.





The Illustrated Longitude: The True Story of the Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time

Walker Books - It contains the entire original narrative of longitude, scientifc instruments, redesigned to accompany 183 images chosen by William Andrewes-- from portraints of every important figure in the story to maps and diagrams, and John Harrison's remarkable sea clocks themselves. By contrast, john harrison imagined and built the unimaginable: a clock that told perfect time at sea, known today as the chronometer.

. The largest reward of £20, 000-- truly a king's ransom-- was offered by Britain's Parliament in 1714. All too often throughout the ages of exploration, voyages ended in disaster when crew and cargo were either lost at sea or destroyed upon the rocks of an unexpected landfall. A fully illustrated edition of the international best-seller Longitude.

The illustrated longitude recounts in words and images the epic quest to solve the greatest scientific problem of the eighteenth and three prior centuries: determining how a captain could pinpoint his ship's location at sea. The scientific establishment-- from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton-- had been certain that a celestial answer would be found and invested untold effort in this pursuit.

The Illustrated Longitude: The True Story of the Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time - Andrewes's elegant captions and sidebars on scientific and historical events tell their own story of longitude, paralleling and illuminating Sobel's memorable tale. Walker Books Ltd. Thousands of lives and the fortunes of nations hung on a resolution to the longitude problem. To encourage a solution, governments established prizes for anyone whose method or device proved successful.





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

Walker Books - Born virginia in 1600, she was thirteen when Galileo placed her in a convent near him in Florence, where she took the most appropriate name of Suor Maria Celeste. Her loving support, which galileo repaid in kind, proved to be her father's greatest source of strength throughout his most productive and tumultuous years.

An unforgettable story. Quote from dust jacket. With all the human drama and scientific adventure that distinguished "Longitude",. Most sensationally, his telescopes allowed him to reveal a new reality in the heavens and to reinforce the astounding argument that the Earth moves around the Sun. Of galileo's three illegitimate children, industry, and sensibility, the eldest best mirrored his own brilliance, and by virtue of these qualities became his confidante.

Walker Books Ltd. For this belief, he was brought before the Holy Office of the Inquisition, accused of heresy, and forced to spend his last years under house arrest. Used book in Good Condition. In that same time, while the bubonic plague wreaked its terrible devastation and the Thirty Years' War tipped fortunes across Europe, one man sought to reconcile the Heaven he revered as a good Catholic with the heavens he revealed through his telescope.

Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love - Her presence, through letters which Sobel has translated from their original Italian and masterfully woven into the narrative, graces her father's life now as it did then. Galileo's daughter dramatically recolors the personality and accomplishment of a mythic figure whose seventeenth-century clash with Catholic doctrine continues to define the schism between science and religion.





Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time

Bloomsbury USA - One man, dared to imagine a mechanical solution-a clock that would keep precise time at sea, in complete opposition to the scientific community, John Harrison, something no clock had ever been able to do on land. The dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of one man's forty-year obsession to find a solution to the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day--"the longitude problem.

Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day-and had been for centuries. Full of heroism and chicanery, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, and clockmaking, navigation, and opens a new window on our world.

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time - Used book in Good Condition. Longitude is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of Harrison's forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer. Thousands of lives and the increasing fortunes of nations hung on a resolution. An unforgettable story. Quote from dust jacket.

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Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars

Little, Brown and Company - Role of women in computer and space science in the US in 1940s and 1950a. Rather, paper, they recruited an elite group of young women who, and mathematical prowess, with only pencil, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible.

If hidden figures has you itching to learn more about the women who worked in the space program, pick up Nathalia Holt's lively, immensely readable history, Rise of the Rocket Girls. Entertainment weeklyThe riveting true story of the women who launched America into space. In the 1940s and 50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn't turn to male graduates.

Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars - An unforgettable story. Quote from dust jacket. Great product! Based on extensive research and interviews with all the living members of the team, Rise of the Rocket Girls offers a unique perspective on the role of women in science: both where we've been, and the far reaches of space to which we're heading.

Walker Books Ltd. For the first time, rise of the rocket Girls tells the stories of these women--known as "human computers"--who broke the boundaries of both gender and science. Used book in Good Condition. With all the human drama and scientific adventure that distinguished "Longitude",.





Miss Leavitt's Stars: The Untold Story of the Woman Who Discovered How to Measure the Universe Great Discoveries

W. W. Norton & Company - Miss leavitt's stars is both a masterly account of how we measure the universe and the moving story of a neglected genius 10 illustrations Walker Books Ltd. A forgotten heroine of science and how she solved one of the crucial mysteries of the universe. Another camp believed that the universe was so vast that the Milky Way was just one galaxy among billions―the view that would prevail, proven by the equally headstrong Edwin Hubble.

With all the human drama and scientific adventure that distinguished "Longitude",. One held that the entire universe was contained in the Milky Way galaxy. An unforgettable story. Quote from dust jacket. Great product! Almost forgotten is the harvard observatory "computer"―a human number cruncher hired to calculate the positions and luminosities of stars in astronomical photographs―who found the key to the mystery.

Miss Leavitt's Stars: The Untold Story of the Woman Who Discovered How to Measure the Universe Great Discoveries - Used book in Good Condition. Radcliffe-educated henrietta swan leavitt, fighting ill health and progressive deafness, stumbled upon a new law that allowed astronomers to use variable stars―those whose brightness rhythmically changes―as a cosmic yardstick. How big is the universe? In the early twentieth century, scientists took sides.

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A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos

Walker Books - For fear of ridicule, he refused to publish. In 1539, drawn by rumors of a revolution to rival the religious upheaval of Martin Luther's Reformation, Georg Joachim Rheticus, a young German mathematician, traveled to Poland to seek out Copernicus. With all the human drama and scientific adventure that distinguished "Longitude",.

. By 1514, at the center of our universe, the reclusive cleric Nicolaus Copernicus had written and hand-copied an initial outline of his heliocentric theory-in which he defied common sense and received wisdom to place the sun, not the earth, and set the earth spinning among the other planets. At the heart of the book is her play And the Sun Stood Still, imagining Rheticus's struggle to convince Copernicus to let his manuscript see the light of day.

A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos - Two years later, the protestant youth took leave of his aging Catholic mentor and arranged to have Copernicus's manuscript published, in 1543, as De revolutionibus orbium coelestium On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres-the book that forever changed humankind's place in the universe. In her elegant, as nobody has, compelling style, Dava Sobel chronicles, the conflicting personalities and extraordinary discoveries that shaped the Copernican Revolution.

An unforgettable story. Quote from dust jacket. Great product! As she achieved with her bestsellers longitude and Galileo's Daughter, giving us an unforgettable portrait of scientific achievement, Sobel expands the bounds of narration, and of the ever-present tensions between science and faith.





Miss Leavitt's Stars: The Untold Story of the Woman Who Discovered How to Measure the Universe Great Discoveries

W. W. Norton & Company - Role of women in computer and space science in the US in 1940s and 1950a. An unforgettable story. Quote from dust jacket. Great product! Used book in Good Condition. Walker Books Ltd. A short, excellent account of Leavitt’s extraordinary life and achievements. Simon singh, scientists argued over the size of the universe: was it, new york times book review at the beginning of the twentieth century, who was employed by the Harvard Observatory as a number cruncher, or was there more truth to Edwin Hubble’s claim that our own galaxy is just one among billions? The answer to the controversy―a “yardstick” suitable for measuring the cosmos―was discovered by Henrietta Swan Leavitt, the size of the Milky Way, as the astronomer Harlow Shapley argued, at a wage not dissimilar from that of workers in the nearby textile mills.

. With all the human drama and scientific adventure that distinguished "Longitude",. Miss leavitt’s stars uncovers her neglected history, and brings a fascinating and turbulent period of astronomical history to life.





Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

William Morrow - The #1 new york times bestseller-winner of anisfield-wolf award for nonfiction-winner black caucus of american library association best nonfiction book-winner naacp image award best nonfiction book-winner national academies of sciences, whose calculations helped fuel some of america’s greatest achievements in space—a powerful, discrimination, ENGINEERING AND MEDICINE COMMUNICATION AWARDThe phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA at the leading edge of the feminist and civil rights movement, revelatory contribution that is as essential to our understanding of race, and achievement in modern America as Between the World and Me and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

The basis for the smash Academy Award-nominated film starring Taraji P. Henson, kirsten dunst, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, and Kevin Costner. Before john glenn orbited the earth, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, and astronauts, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, into space.

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race - . The story of black mathematicians' tribulations and contributions after WWII. Originally relegated to teaching math in the south’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff.

Even as virginia’s jim crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley’s all-black “West Computing” group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens.

Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation.