The Glass Universe

The Glass Universe

Hidden History of the Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars

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In the mid-nineteenth century, the Harvard College Observatory began employing women as "human computers" to interpret the observations their male counterparts made via telescope each night. As photography transformed the practice of astronomy, the ladies turned from computation to studying the stars captured nightly on glass photographic plates. The support of Mrs. Anna Palmer Draper, the widow of a pioneer in stellar photography, enabled the women to discern what stars were made of, divide the stars into meaningful categories for further research, and find a way to measure distances across space by starlight. Sobel tells 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.
The little-known true story of the unexpected and remarkable contributions to astronomy made by a group of women working in the Harvard College Observatory from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s.--
Publisher: London, 4th Estate,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780008207038
Characteristics: xii, 324 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.

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