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, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith. Dava Sobel tells these ladies' untold stories in The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars. She joins us Wednesday, November 8 at 7pm for the paperback release of the little-known true story of these ladies unexpected and remarkable contributions to astronomy. Sobel is an award-winning, best-selling author, and this book is an Indie Next pick.
(Credit to Mia Berg for author photo.)
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Dava Sobel, the "inspiring" (People), little-known true story of women's landmark contributions to astronomy
A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2017