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              Books by Dava Sobel

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

              The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Large type / large print edition)

              By Sobel, Dava

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              New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Dava Sobel, the inspiring (People), little-known true story of women's landmark contributions to astronomy A joy to read. --The Wall Street Journal Named one of the best books of the year by NPR, The Economist, Smithsonian, Nature, an...d NPR's Science Friday Nominated for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award 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. At the outset this group included the wives, sisters, and daughters of the resident astronomers, but soon the female corps included graduates of the new women's colleges--Vassar, Wellesley, and Smith. As photography transformed the practice of astronomy, the ladies turned from computation to studying the stars captured nightly on glass photographic plates. The glass universe of half a million plates that Harvard amassed over the ensuing decades--through the generous support of Mrs. Anna Palmer Draper, the widow of a pioneer in stellar photography--enabled the women to make extraordinary discoveries that attracted worldwide acclaim. 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. 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. Cecilia Helena Payne, who in 1956 became the first ever woman professor of astronomy at Harvard--and Harvard's first female department chair. 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 burge
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              ISBN 9781432847593
              Released NZ 8 Nov 2017
              Publisher Large Print Press
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              Arthritis: What Exercises Work: Breakthrough Relief for the Rest of Your Life, Even After Drugs and Surgery Have Failed
               

              Arthritis: What Exercises Work: Breakthrough Relief for the Rest of Your Life, Even After Drugs and Surgery Have Failed (Trade Paperback / Paperback, 2nd ed.)

              By Sobel, Dava; Klein, Arthur C.

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              Originally published: New York: St. Martin's Press, c1993.

              ISBN 9781250068682
              Released NZ 16 Jun 2015
              Publisher St. Martin's Griffin
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              The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars
               

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

              By Sobel, Dava

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              The little-known true story of the unexpected and remarkable contributions to astronomy made by a group of women working in the Harvard College Observatory from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s. --

              ISBN 9780670016952
              Released NZ 6 Dec 2016
              Publisher Viking
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              Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
                

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

              By Sobel, Dava

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              Sobel presents the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of John Harrison's 40-year obsession with building the perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer.

              ISBN 9781613835944
              Released NZ 1 Nov 2007
              Publisher Perfection Learning
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              Longitude

              Longitude (Hardback, 10th Anniversary ed)

              By Sobel, Dava

              Republished to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this bestselling book, now with a new introduction by Neil Armstrong, Longitude is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest: the search for the solution of how to calculate longitude and the unlikely triumph of an Engli...sh genius.
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              ISBN 9780007214464
              Released NZ 5 Sep 2005
              Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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