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The Glass Universe - How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars

Dava Sobel

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New from #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 change

Language:

English

Narrators:

Cassandra Campbell

Length:

12h 45m


Chapters

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02:45

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:45


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:21


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:01


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:46


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:42


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:14


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:09


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:30


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:13


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:14


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:40


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:16


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:47


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:21


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:51


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:28


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:21


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:34


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:36


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:46


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:05


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:54


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:08


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:37


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:07


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:42


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:23


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:04


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:01


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:52


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:25


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:36


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:24


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:30


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:35


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:24


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:54


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:06


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:24


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:02


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:03


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:23


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:46


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:58


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:49


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:53


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:09


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:46


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:05


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:01


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:40


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:37


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:02


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:07


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:39


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:32


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:14


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:06


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:54


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:08


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:38


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:47


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:25


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:41


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:12


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:22


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:55


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:54


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:58


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:37


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:49


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:17


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:28


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:06


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:34


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:36


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:23


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:08


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:30


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:17


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:40


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:54


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:04


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:23


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:42


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:21


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:25


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:14


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:51


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:04


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:37


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:36


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:51


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:54


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:46


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:36


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:27


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:03


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:49


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:44


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:23


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:58


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:08


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:34


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:01


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:50


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

08:05


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:35


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:13


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:31


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:55


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:56


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

08:36


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

08:52


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

08:32


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:55


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

07:00


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:42


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

06:14


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

00:37