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The Glass Universe 1 New York Times Bestselling Author Dava Sobel Returns With A Captivating, Little Known True Story Of Women In ScienceIn 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.


10 thoughts on “The Glass Universe

  1. says:

    I wanted to love this book It has all the hallmarks of things I love strong woman, intelligent women, women in science, astronomy, a little known factoid of history, etc This book is successful in the sense that Sobel has obviously done a lot of research into the facts and it able to relay them clearly, while also plainly explaining the science However, I found this book no than a recitation of those facts None of the characters seemed to have a personality, and only a few had physical descriptions although there is a photo section We know almost nothing about most of the women outside of their education and work at the Harvard observatory Were they married Did they have children Other family members What did their family members think of their work Where they supported or demonized for stepping out of social norms at the time Most distressing is that Sobel presen...


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    The Hidden History of the Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars You d be forgiven if this book looked like a social history book of the struggles of female astronomers in the late 19th and early 20th Century It s not a social history at all, even though it flouts itself on a social issue It s a scientific history, and a fairly dry one at that which, I d guess, would leave most of it s marketed audience high and dry.Dava Sobel recounts the history of the Harvard College University which happened to employ, for that time, a disproportionate amount of women, especially in roles of calculating and cataloguing Even though they were underpaid and used for what others saw as busywork, the women of the Observatory worked hard and worked well together The information provided to them photographs of the night sky on glass plates was analysed and the group found new facts about the stars through spectrum analysis and lead the world in the classification of stars, and of finding variable stars A few of the women expanded upon this work with research of their own and had discoveries that transformed astronomy and paved the way for current stellar ...


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    This book covers not only the seminal work of the ladies of the Harvard Observatory, from Annie Jump Cannon and Cecelia Payne on down, but also its directors, Edward Pickering director 1877 1919 and Harlow Shapley 1922 1951 Most time is given from the 1880s through the 1930s Some of the ladies of Harvard made great discoveries, from astronomy s first true candle of relative distance, the Cepheid variables, to the stellar classification scheme that is still in use, to name only two of the most important.It is notable that women not only did the great grunt work of the Harvard Observatory, which hired them in great numbers it was considered genteel work for graduates of the new women s colleges who were also less expensive to hire than men of the same qualifications , but that women paid for much of it.The Harvard Observatory had two notable donors in the last quarter of the 19th century in the 20th, much of their money came from the Rockefellers , both women Mrs Draper chose to memorialize the work of her late husband, Dr Draper, whose private passion had been stellar photography he could afford it, for he married an heiress , and the Harvard Observatory therefore became one of the first to switch from observing in pe...


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    God only knows why this book is an incredibly dry read, but it really, really was In comparison to another book about female mathematicians and scientists, Hidden Figures, this book both dragged and didn t drag enough It throws people and lives at you in fast motion, leaving you unable to settle or focus on anyone except Pickering and arguably Draper to some extent I can pick out some other names, such as Maury, Cannon and so on, but ask me about anecdotes about them specifically or their daily lives and I come up flat Other than that they were prodigious minds of their generation and field it s hard to remember them as personal figures, which makes them hard to keep track of.That s the main problem when it talks about the glass, a lack of visual assistance makes it difficult to keep interested When it talks about people, people are introduced, married, ignored, forgotten, reintroduced with such speed that it s hard to tell what s going on and who we re focusing on in the current moment This may not be a problem for some people, b...


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    Preface If you re only going to read one book by Dava Sobel, my advice is don t start here Read her beloved classic, Longitude Having said that, this book is worth it, as long as you re aware of what it is.This is an incredibly informative book with, among other things, extremely helpful supplementary materials, such as a glossary, cast of characters, and timeline , about a fascinating topic the stars, and how we came to begin to understand them , centered around a research project of enormous scale mapping than the universe , played out over a lengthy period of time decades lifetimes, and , all built upon what might otherwise be an unrelated topic empowerment, achievement, and recognition of smart women in a previously closed field of endeavor As a history of the stars, it s first rate work OK, I admit I took my share of astronomy astrophysics classes in college, so I m partial to the topic But the beauty of the book is chronicling the individuals and their successors who created and seized unique opportunities for a small group of talented women , nurtured and respected and promoted them, and together made innumerable discoveries, created an extraordinarily valuable resource and library of information, and achieved global recognition individually and collectively.It s a peri...


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    Another relatively new book uncovering the hidden histories and contributions of women in science If I were to compare it to the most popular of those titles I d say that the only things that The Glass Universe has in common with Hidden Figures, other than the women in science theme, are that both could be subtitled When Computers Were Human and both books offer women the respect of not calling them Girls to wit Rise of the Rocket Girls, Girls of Atomic City, Radium Girls, Lab Girl, Rocket Girl, and the forthcoming Code Girls.But Margot Shetterly s book and the film focused and relied heavily on the stories of the lives and personalities of three women and racial prejudice in science, so the cultural events and personalities drove that story By contrast, The Glass Universe is about many women over 75 years or so, and Sobel is writing a historical account, not a personal story or a cultural biography, so she has chosen not to embellish, extrapolate, or imagine In fact, she hews so closely to the historical record that the book has very little personality on display at all Which is fine, I must add, because the late 19th century record apparently contained few personal details about these particular women, and the twentieth century records not much So to tell her history not a story , Sobel quotes correspondence, ledgers, travel itinerar...


  7. says:

    My mind kept wandering as I listened to this I did not get any sense of the women profiled in what I did listen to I also got no sense of the larger socio cultural political environment that surrounded these women.A far, far better book is Hidden Figures The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Wh...


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    I have read much better tellings of Henrietta Swan Levitt and Cecilia Payne This history was surprisingly dry However, in the very first part of the book that I thought was reflective of how the rest of the book would go , Sobel retold the history of the remarkable Mary Ann Palmer Draper and her husband Henry, two passionate astronomers and patrons of science Mary Anna Palmer Draper was a rare spouse one of only 2 known in the nation who collaborated with her husband Henry Draper, whose passion in life was trying to figure out the composition of stars When Henry died, Mary Anna vowed to keep Henry s work of discovering the composition of stars alive It seems at that time, they were one of only 2 married couples, nationwide, who shared a love of astronomy Most male astronomers, for whatever reason, married partners who did not share their passion for science But Mary Anna and Henry bonded over it and it seems to be what made their particular marriage so exciting and fulfilling An heiress, Mary Anna turned the 3 rd floor of the home her father had left to her into an...


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    This is not a quick weekend read but it is fairly engrossing It traces the many women, most of whom were first employed as computers who brought the science of astronomy into the 20th century at the Harvard Observatory Some amazing discoveries were made by these women and this is their story There were some male directors who saw what these women could accomplish when given time and opportunity.You don t pick up Dava Sobel for a light read but she does make detailed and histo...


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    History of astronomy and the women of Harvard s astronomy program which formed the basic knowledge of astrophysics and stars All the data that our theories of star life cycles, types of stars and distances of galaxies make possible our current cosmological picture of the universe We stand on the shoulder of giants In this case, numerous women who collected data on glass plate emulsions of pho...


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