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Dava Sobel - Author

About the Author

Dava Sobel is the internationally renowned author of the bestselling Longitude – winner of the 1997 British Book of the Year Award – Galileo’s Daughter and The Planets. She is also an award-winning former science reporter for the New York Times and writes frequently about science for several magazines, including the New Yorker, Audubon, Discover, Life and Omni. She lives in East Hampton, New York.

Featured books by Dava Sobel

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

Author: Dava Sobel Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/01/2017

#1 New York Times bestselling author Dava Sobel returns with a captivating, little-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 .

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Other books by Dava Sobel

El universo de cristal

El universo de cristal

Author: Dava Sobel Format: eBook Release Date: 05/11/2018

A mediados del siglo XIX, el Observatorio de Harvard comenzo a emplear a mujeres como calculadoras o "e;computadoras humanas"e; para interpretar las observaciones que sus contrapartes masculinas realizaban por telescopio cada noche. Al principio este grupo incluia a las esposas, hermanas e hijas de los astronomos residentes, pero pronto incluyo a graduadas de las nuevas universidades de mujeres Vassar, Wellesley y Smith. A medida que la fotografia transformaba la practica de la astronomia, las damas pasaban de la computacion a estudiar las estrellas capturadas en placas fotograficas de vidrio. El universo de cristal del medio milln de placas que Harvard acumul durante las dcadas siguientes permiti a las mujeres hacer descubrimientos extraordinarios: ayudaron a identificar de qu estaban hechas las estrellas, las dividieron en categoras significativas y encontraron una manera de medir distancias en el espacio por la luz que emiten. Entre estas mujeres destacaban Williamina Fleming, una escocesa contratada originalmente como criada que identific diez novas y ms de trescientas estrellas variables; Annie Jump Cannon, que dise un sistema de clasificacin estelar adoptado por los astrnomos de todo el mundo y que sigue vigente; y la doctora Cecilia Helena Payne, que en 1956 se convirti en la primera profesora titular de astronoma, y la primera mujer jefa de departamento de Harvard.

Das Glas-Universum

Das Glas-Universum

Author: Dava Sobel Format: eBook Release Date: 02/11/2017

Es war die Zeit, in der Edison mit seiner elektrischen Gluhbirne fur Aufsehen sorgte, als Frauen an der amerikanischen Ostkuste erstmals die Gestirne erkundeten. Ein Professor der Harvard University engagierte sie Anfang der 1880er-Jahre zunachst als "e;Computer"e; - als Rechnerinnen - am Observatorium. Darunter nicht nur Familienmitglieder von Astronomen, sondern auch Absolventinnen der neuen Frauen-Colleges und begeisterte Sternbeobachterinnen. Und sie leisteten wahrlich Erstaunliches: Die ledige Mutter und ehemalige Haushalterin Williamina Fleming etwa machte durch ihre Berechnungen allein schon an die 300 Sterne ausfindig. Die Pfarrerstochter Antonia Maury entwickelte eine eigene Klassifikation der Planeten, die heute als Grundstein der modernen Astrophysik gelten kann. Doch wenige der Harvard-Frauen fanden spater die verdiente Anerkennung auf einer eigenen Forschungsstelle. Dem Wirken der ambitionierten Wissenschaftlerinnen ein Denkmal zu setzen ist daher Dava Sobels Anliegen mit ihrem neuen, spannend erzahlten Buch.

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

Author: Dava Sobel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/2017

AN OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR `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, little-known true story of women in science Before they even had the right to vote, a group of remarkable women were employed by Harvard College Observatory as `Human Computers' to interpret the observations made via telescope by their male counterparts each night. The author of Longitude, Galileo's Daughter and The Planets shines light on the hidden history of these extraordinary women who changed the burgeoning field of astronomy and our understanding of the stars and our place in the universe.

Glass Universe

Glass Universe

Author: Dava Sobel Format: eBook Release Date: 06/12/2016

'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, little-known true story of women in scienceIn the mid-nineteenth century, the Harvard College Observatory began employing women as calculators, or "e;human computers,"e; 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.

Glass Universe

Glass Universe

Author: Dava Sobel Format: eBook Release Date: 06/12/2016

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Dava Sobel, the "e;inspiring"e; (People), little-known true story of women's landmark contributions to astronomyA New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2017Named one of the best books of the year by NPR,TheEconomist,Smithsonian, Nature,and NPR'sScience FridayNominated for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award"e;A joy to read.' The Wall Street Journal In the mid-nineteenth century, the Harvard College Observatory began employing women as calculators, or ';human computers,' to interpret the observations their male counterpartsmade 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 collegesVassar, 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 decadesthrough the generous support of Mrs. Anna Palmer Draper, the widow of a pioneer in stellar photographyenabled 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 Harvardand Harvard's first female department chair. Elegantly written and enriched by excerpts from letters, diaries, and memoirs, The Glass Universeis 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.

Un cielo pluscuamperfecto

Un cielo pluscuamperfecto

Author: Dava Sobel Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2016

Dava Sobel, autora del best-seller de culto Longitud, recrea la vida de Copernico, el hombre que se atrevio a decir, hace casi quinientos anos, que la Tierra no era el centro del universo. Como lo supo, como lo intento demostrar, como lo escribio... es una historia que Sobel convierte en una narracion llena de encanto, la cronica de un hombre enfrentado a la ciencia, la religion y la sociedad de su epoca. Pero entonces aparece un segundo personaje, un joven admirador, aspirante a cientfico y astrnomo amateur, que oye aquella extraa teora, lee lo que Coprnico ha escrito casi avergonzado de su idea, y decide que aquello debe ver la luz. Rtico, ese joven, cambia completamente el curso de los acontecimientos; y un descubrimiento se convierte en una revolucin, an hoy una de las ms asombrosas del intelecto humano.

Backache

Backache

Author: Dava Sobel, Arthur C. Klein Format: eBook Release Date: 21/05/2013

What is the most powerful backache treatment ever developed to help prevent recurring back pain and restore you to a healthy, pain-free life?The answer is exercise.Exercise has:Helped more bachache sufferes than drugs, surgery, or any other treatment--without dangerous side effectsBeen widely prescribed by medical doctors and other health practitioners.Been rated the best source of relief by backache sufferers themselvesBeen uniformly supported by current medical researchEach exercise is explained in words and diagrams so that even a beginner can put together an individualized exercise program that works. Included are:Exercises to relieve acute and chronic plain, plus preventative measuresSelf evaluation checklistsInstructions for increasing activity levelsTips on performing everyday activities without painLet Dava Sobel and Arthur C. Klein's Backache: What Exercises Work work wonders in ending your back pain. Only this book has the techniques you need.

A More Perfect Heaven How Copernicus Revolutionised the Cosmos

A More Perfect Heaven How Copernicus Revolutionised the Cosmos

Author: Dava Sobel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/10/2012

In the 1520s a Polish cleric named Nicolaus Copernicus developed a revolutionary theory which placed the Sun, not the Earth, at the centre of our universe. The secret existence of this manuscript tantalised scientists everywhere in Europe. Then in 1539 a young German mathematician, Rheticus, travelled to meet Copernicus in the hope of setting eyes on it. Dava Sobel tells the story of a new concept of the heavens, and how Rheticus persuaded the cautious Copernicus to allow him to take the precious but dangerous manuscript out into a world that it would change for ever. In her compelling style, Dava Sobel chronicles the history of the Copernican Revolution, relating the story of astronomy from Aristotle to the Middle Ages. And as she achieved with her international bestsellers Longitude and Galileo's Daughter, in A More Perfect Heaven, Sobel expands the bounds of popular science writing, giving us an unforgettable portrait of a major step forward in the human knowledge of our universe.

Und die Sonne stand still

Und die Sonne stand still

Author: Dava Sobel Format: eBook Release Date: 20/08/2012

Schon um das Jahr 1514 verfasste Nikolaus Kopernikus eine erste Skizze seiner heliozentrischen Theorie. Nicht die Erde stand demnach im Mittelpunkt des Universums, sondern die Sonne, und die Planeten umkreisten sie. Diese Schrift war revolutionar, aber nur einem kleinen Kreis von Astronomen bekannt. Anhand zahlloser Sternenbeobachtungen entwickelte Kopernikus seine Theorie weiter, das betreffende Manuskript hielt er jedoch unter Verschluss. Die geheimnisumwitterte Existenz dieser Schrift trieb Wissenschaftler in ganz Europa um. Im Jahr 1539 begab sich schlielich der junge deutsche Mathematiker Georg Joachim Rheticus nach Frauenburg, um Kopernikus zu berreden, sein Werk zu verffentlichen. Unter dem Titel De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (ber die Umschwnge der himmlischen Kreise) sollte das Buch unser Verstndnis von unserem Platz im Universum fr immer verndern. Elegant erzhlt Dava Sobel die Geschichte der Kopernikanischen Revolution und bettet sie ein in die Geschichte der Astronomie von Aristoteles bis zum Mittelalter. Wie schon in ihren Bestsellern Lngengrad und Galileos Tochter liefert sie so das unvergessliche Portrt einer wissenschaftlichen Grotat.

Langengrad

Langengrad

Author: Dava Sobel Format: eBook Release Date: 11/09/2010

Langengrad erzahlt die Geschichte des unbekannten schottischen Uhrmachers John Harrison, dem es im 18. Jahrhundert gelang, die Schiffahrt durch die Losung des Langengrad-Problems auf neuen Kurs zu bringen. Bislang hatten sich die Seefahrer bei ihrer Navigation am Verlauf der Breitengrade orientiert. Eine Methode mit fatalen Folgen: Seefahrer und Fracht wurden leichte Beute von Seeraubern, die den Handelsschiffen auf den Breitengraden auflauerten. Zudem irrten die Schiffe fast orientierungslos auf den Weltmeeren umher und erreichten ihre Zielorte wenn uberhaupt - eher zufallig. Die ohnehin langen Schiffahrten dauerten noch langer. Der gefurchtete Skorbut raffte nicht selten die Mannschaft dahin. Mit einem Wort: Handelsschiffahrt war ein Unternehmen auf Leben und Tod. Langengrad rekonstruiert die Geschichte einer wissenschaftlichen Gralssuche, eines Davidskampfes gegen die groen Astronomen jener Zeit. Galileo Galilei, Sir Isaac Newton und Edmond Halley suchten die Losung des damals schwierigsten nautischen Problems in den Gestirnen. Anders John Harrison: 40 Jahre lang arbeitete er besessen an seiner Idee eines perfekten Chronometers. Trotz der Intrigen seiner Rivalen setzte sich Harrisons geniale Erfindung letztendlich durch. Schon der beruhmte Seefahrer James Cook lie sich auf seinen Expeditionen von Harrisons Uhr leiten und nannte sie seinen "e;zuverlassigsten Freund"e; und "e;nie versagenden Fuhrer"e;.

Galileos Tochter

Galileos Tochter

Author: Dava Sobel Format: eBook Release Date: 11/09/2010

Celeste ging bereits als junges Madchen ins Kloster. Uber hundert Briefe an den Vater sind erhalten und zeigen einen Galileo, wie wir ihn nicht kennen: voller Mut, die Wahrheiten, auf die er stie, zu erklaren. Sobel versteht es meisterlich, die Stimmen von Galileo und seiner Tochter in ihre Erzahlung einzuweben. Und sie fuhrt uns die wohl dramatischste Konfrontation von Kirche und Wissenschaft vor Augen, die es in der Geschichte gegeben hat.

Die Planeten

Die Planeten

Author: Dava Sobel Format: eBook Release Date: 11/09/2010

Der Kosmos ist kalt, gro und unbegreifbar? Nicht bei Dava Sobel. Unnachahmlich vermittelt sie Wissenschaft erzahlerisch und packend. Wer nach den Sternen fragt, so die Botschaft dieses charmanten und klugen Buches, wird am Ende immer wieder auf der Erde landen. Denn die Geschichte der neun Planeten ist nicht nur die Geschichte ihrer Entdecker, sondern sie erzahlt auch davon, wie man den Himmelskorpern seit Menschengedenken eine Bedeutung in Kunst, Mythologie und Literatur zugeschrieben hat. Eine Reise zu den Sternen auf neuen und niemals vermuteten Wegen.

Galileo's Daughter A Drama of Science, Faith and Love

Galileo's Daughter A Drama of Science, Faith and Love

Author: Dava Sobel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/11/2009

From the international best-selling author of Longitude, Galileo's Daughter is the fascinating story of the relationship between the great Italian scientist Galileo and his daughter, Virginia. Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) was the foremost scientist of his day, 'the father of modern physics - indeed of modern science altogether' in the words of Albert Einstein. Though he never left the Italy of his birth, his inventions and discoveries were heralded around the world. His telescopes allowed him to reveal a new reality in the heavens and to defend the astounding proposition that the Earth actually moves around the Sun. For this belief he faced the Holy Office of the Inquisition and was subsequently tried for heresy and threatened with torture. Galileo is brought to life here as never before - a man boldly compelled to explain the truths he discovered, human in his frailties and faith, devoted to family and, especially, to his daughter. Since there could be no hope of marriage for his illegitimate daughter Galileo placed her, aged thirteen, in a convent near him in Florence. She proved to be his greatest source of strength through his most difficult years. Through letters, contemporary writings, their voices are brought to vivid life and woven into Dava Sobel's compelling narrative. Galileo's Daughter tells the story of the most dramatic collision in history between science and religion. Dava Sobel illuminates an entire era, when the flamboyant Medici Grand Dukes became Galileo's patrons, when the Bubonic plague destroyed a generation and prayer was the most effective medicine, when one man fought to reconcile the Heaven he revered as a good Catholic with the heavens he revealed through his telescope. Galileo's Daughter is a rich and unforgettable story.

To Father The Letters of Sister Maria Celeste to Galileo, 1623-1633

To Father The Letters of Sister Maria Celeste to Galileo, 1623-1633

Author: Dava Sobel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2008

The story of Galileo's daughter, Sister Maria Celeste, as told through her letters to her father. A companion to the bestselling Galileo's Daughter, the letters are edited and introduced by Dava Sobel. Galileo Galilei was at the heart of the most dramatic collision in history between science and religion. But the great Italian scientist was also a loving father who treasured his illegitimate daughter, Virginia. She was perhaps her father's equal in brilliance, industry and sensibility, and became his greatest source of strength during his most difficult years. Now readers can follow their story, as she told it, in this beautiful volume of her surviving 124 letters to Galileo. Both in their original Italian and translated into English by the author of Galileo's Daughter, these entrancing letters still speak in the present tense, suspended in the urgency of their once current affairs.

Longitude

Longitude

Author: Dava Sobel Format: eBook Release Date: 19/02/2008

An exciting scientific adventure from the days of wooden ships and iron men, LONGITUDE is full of heroism and chicanery, brilliance and the absurd. It is also a captivating brief history of astronomy, navigation and clockmaking.During the great ages of exploration, the longitude problem was the gravest of all scientific challenges. Lacking the ability to determine their longitude, sailors were literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Ships ran aground on rocky shores; those traveling well-known routes were easy prey to pirates.In 1714, England's Parliament offered a huge reward to anyone whose method of measuring longitude could be proven successful. The scientific establishment--from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton--had mapped the heavens in its certainty of a celestial answer. In stark contrast, one man, John Harrison, dared to imagine a mechanical solution--a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had been able to do on land. And the race was on....

Galileo's Daughter

Galileo's Daughter

Author: Dava Sobel Format: eBook Release Date: 08/01/2008

Read by Fritz WeaverThree Cassettes, 5 HoursGalileo's Daughter introduces us to the man whose belief that the Earth moved around the sun caused him to be brought before the Holy Office of the Inquisition, accused of heresy, and threatened with torture. In contrast, his daughter Virginia chose the quiet life of a cloistered nun. Sobel takes us through the trials and triumphs of Galileo's career and his familial relationships, and simultaneously illuminates an entire era of flamboyant Medici Grand Dukes, the bubonic plague, and history's most dramatic collusion between science and religion.