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The Glass Universe: The Hidden History of the Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars

The Glass Universe: The Hidden History of the Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars (Paperback)

By Sobel, Dava

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'A biographical orrery - intricate, complex and fascinating' The Observer 'A peerless intellectual biography. The Glass Universe shines and twinkles as brightly as the stars themselves' The Economist #1 New York Times bestselling author Dava Sobel returns with a captivating, litt...le-known true story of 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 astronomy, 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 astronomy forever changed our understanding of the stars and our place in the universe.
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ISBN 9780007548200
Released NZ 23 Oct 2017
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780007548200
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint Fourth Estate Ltd
Released 23 Oct 2017
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Sobel, Dava
Category Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: Science, Technology & Engineering
Women's Studies
Astronomy, Space & Time
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 22mm
Dewey Code 520.922
Weight 200g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Women in astronomy - History - 19th century, Astronomy - History - 19th century
NBS Text Biography: Science, Technology & Medical
ONIX Text General/trade

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