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The Resource El universo de cristal : la historia de las mujeres de Harvard que nos acercaron las estrellas, Dava Sobel ; traducción de Pedro Pacheco

El universo de cristal : la historia de las mujeres de Harvard que nos acercaron las estrellas, Dava Sobel ; traducción de Pedro Pacheco

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El universo de cristal : la historia de las mujeres de Harvard que nos acercaron las estrellas
Title
El universo de cristal
Title remainder
la historia de las mujeres de Harvard que nos acercaron las estrellas
Statement of responsibility
Dava Sobel ; traducción de Pedro Pacheco
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Author
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Language
spa
Summary
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
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
TXN
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
In Spanish = En español
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
El universo de cristal : la historia de las mujeres de Harvard que nos acercaron las estrellas, Dava Sobel ; traducción de Pedro Pacheco
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Publication
Note
Título original: The glass universe : how the ladies of the Harvard Observatory took the measure of the stars
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-305) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Mrs. Draper's intent -- What Miss Maury saw -- Miss Bruce's largesse -- Stella nova -- Bailey's picture from Peru -- Mrs. Fleming's title -- Pickering's "harem" -- Lingua franca -- Miss Leavitt's relationship -- The Pickering fellows -- 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
on1041192459
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
366 pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1041192459
  • (Sirsi) a2018317
Label
El universo de cristal : la historia de las mujeres de Harvard que nos acercaron las estrellas, Dava Sobel ; traducción de Pedro Pacheco
Publication
Note
Título original: The glass universe : how the ladies of the Harvard Observatory took the measure of the stars
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-305) 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
Mrs. Draper's intent -- What Miss Maury saw -- Miss Bruce's largesse -- Stella nova -- Bailey's picture from Peru -- Mrs. Fleming's title -- Pickering's "harem" -- Lingua franca -- Miss Leavitt's relationship -- The Pickering fellows -- 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
on1041192459
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
366 pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1041192459
  • (Sirsi) a2018317

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