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The glass universe
the hidden history of the women who took the measure of the stars
VerfasserIn: Sobel, Dava
Verfasserangabe: Dava Sobel
Jahr: 2016
Verlag: London, 4th Estate
Mediengruppe: Buch
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Shares the story of the scientific contributions of a group of women working at the Harvard College Observatory from the late 1800s through the mid-twentieth century, tracing their collection of star observations captured nightly on glass photographic plates. / / 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. -- / / Shares the lesser-known story of the scientific contributions of a group of women working at the Harvard College Observatory from the late 1800s through the mid-20th century, tracing their collection of star observations captured nightly on glass photographic plates that enabled extraordinary discoveries. / / New from
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS: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, and 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 burgeoning field of astronomy forever changed our understanding of the stars and our place in the universe. / / /
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS: / / Part one: The colors of starlight. Mrs. Draper's intent ; What Miss Maury saw ; Miss Bruce's largesse ; Stella nova ; Bailey's picture from Peru -- Part two: Oh, be a fine girl, kiss me!. Mrs. Fleming's title ; Pickering's "harem" ; Lingua franca ; Miss Leavitt's relationship ; The Pickering fellows -- Part three: In the depths above. Shapley's "kilo-girl" hours ; Miss Payne's thesis ; The Observatory Pinafore ; Miss Cannon's prize ; The lifetimes of stars -- Some highlights in the history of the Harvard College Observatory -- A catalogue of Harvard astronomers, assistants, and associates. /
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VerfasserIn: Sobel, Dava
VerfasserInnenangabe: Dava Sobel
Jahr: 2016
Verlag: London, 4th Estate
Systematik: BI.AF, FS.E
Interessenkreis: Englisch [Sprache]
ISBN: 978-0-00-754820-0
2. ISBN: 0-00-754820-6
Beschreibung: xii, [16 ungezählte] 324 Seiten : Illustrationen
Sprache: eng
Fußnote: Includes bibliographical references and index. Text engl.
Mediengruppe: Buch