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Book of the Week: The Glass Universe

February 15, 2017

Book of the Week: The Glass Universe

Number one 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.

"A compelling portrait of pioneering women"

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.

"A compelling portrait of pioneering women who contributed as much to the progress of female empowerment as they did to the global understanding of both astronomy and photography" Harper’s Bazaar

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    The Glass Universe

    "Sensitive, exacting, and lit with the wonder of discovery" Elizabeth Kolbert

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