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The Resource The glass universe : how the ladies of the Harvard Observatory took the measure of the stars, Dava Sobel

The glass universe : how the ladies of the Harvard Observatory took the measure of the stars, Dava Sobel

Label
The glass universe : how the ladies of the Harvard Observatory took the measure of the stars
Title
The glass universe
Title remainder
how the ladies of the Harvard Observatory took the measure of the stars
Statement of responsibility
Dava Sobel
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
522/.19744409252
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QB34.5
LC item number
.S63 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Target audience
adult
Label
The glass universe : how the ladies of the Harvard Observatory took the measure of the stars, Dava Sobel
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part one: The colors of starlight. Mrs. Draper's intent ; What Miss Maury saw ; Miss Bruce's largesse ; Stella nova ; Bailey's picture from Peru -- Part two: Oh, be a fine girl, kiss me!. Mrs. Fleming's title ; Pickering's "harem" ; Lingua franca ; Miss Leavitt's relationship ; The Pickering fellows -- Part three: In the depths above. Shapley's "kilo-girl" hours ; Miss Payne's thesis ; The Observatory Pinafore ; Miss Cannon's prize ; The lifetimes of stars -- Some highlights in the history of the Harvard College Observatory -- A catalogue of Harvard astronomers, assistants, and associates
Control code
ocn952469237
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 324 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780670016952
Lccn
2016029496
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)952469237
  • (Sirsi) a1955490
Label
The glass universe : how the ladies of the Harvard Observatory took the measure of the stars, Dava Sobel
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part one: The colors of starlight. Mrs. Draper's intent ; What Miss Maury saw ; Miss Bruce's largesse ; Stella nova ; Bailey's picture from Peru -- Part two: Oh, be a fine girl, kiss me!. Mrs. Fleming's title ; Pickering's "harem" ; Lingua franca ; Miss Leavitt's relationship ; The Pickering fellows -- Part three: In the depths above. Shapley's "kilo-girl" hours ; Miss Payne's thesis ; The Observatory Pinafore ; Miss Cannon's prize ; The lifetimes of stars -- Some highlights in the history of the Harvard College Observatory -- A catalogue of Harvard astronomers, assistants, and associates
Control code
ocn952469237
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 324 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780670016952
Lccn
2016029496
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)952469237
  • (Sirsi) a1955490

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