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Author Sobel, Dava, author.

Title The glass universe : how the ladies of the Harvard Observatory took the measure of the stars / Dava Sobel. [Axis 360 electronic resource]

Edition Unabridged.
Publication Info. New York, NY : Penguin Audio, [2016]
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Summary 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.
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Performer Read by Cassandra Campbell.
Summary 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.
Subject Bailey, Solon I. (Solon Irving), 1854-
Cannon, Annie Jump, 1863-1941.
Draper, Mary Anna, 1839-1914.
Fleming, Williamina P., 1857-1911.
Leavitt, Henrietta Swan, 1868-1921.
Maury, Antonia C., 1866-1952.
Payne-Gaposchkin, Cecilia, 1900-1979.
Pickering, Edward C. (Edward Charles), 1846-1919.
Shapley, Harlow, 1885-1972.
Bailey, Solon I. (Solon Irving), 1854- (OCoLC)fst01806271
Cannon, Annie Jump, 1863-1941. (OCoLC)fst01661459
Fleming, Williamina P., 1857-1911. (OCoLC)fst01957442
Leavitt, Henrietta Swan, 1868-1921. (OCoLC)fst01604108
Maury, Antonia C., 1866-1952. (OCoLC)fst01959175
Payne-Gaposchkin, Cecilia, 1900-1979. (OCoLC)fst00035973
Pickering, Edward C. (Edward Charles), 1846-1919. (OCoLC)fst00199996
Shapley, Harlow, 1885-1972. (OCoLC)fst00007259
Harvard College Observatory.
Harvard College Observatory. (OCoLC)fst00541468
Chronological Term 1800-1999
Subject Women in astronomy -- Massachusetts -- History.
Women mathematicians -- Massachusetts -- History.
Astronomy -- History -- 19th century.
Astronomy -- History -- 20th century.
Astronomy. (OCoLC)fst00819673
Women in astronomy. (OCoLC)fst01177831
Women mathematicians. (OCoLC)fst01178130
Massachusetts. (OCoLC)fst01204307
Genre Audiobooks.
Downloadable audio books.
Audiobooks. (OCoLC)fst01726208
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Author Campbell, Cassandra, narrator.
Other Form: Electronic reproduction of (manifestation): Sobel, Dava. Glass universe : how the ladies of the Harvard Observatory took the measure of the stars New York, NY : Penguin Audio, [2016] 9780735288645 (NjBwBT)bl2016051154 (OCoLC)945647038
ISBN 9780735288676 : $95.00
0735288674 : $95.00
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