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The Resource The glass universe : how the ladies of the Harvard Observatory took the measure of the stars, Dava Sobel, (CD sound recording)

The glass universe : how the ladies of the Harvard Observatory took the measure of the stars, Dava Sobel, (CD sound recording)

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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
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Dava Sobel
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Unabridged. 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.--
  • "In the late 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 consisted of the wives, sisters, and daughters of the resident astronomers, but soon the female corps included graduates of the new women's colleges--Vassar, Wellesley, Radcliffe, 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 the stars were made of, divided the stars into meaningful categories for further research, and even found a way to measure distances across space by starlight. Their ranks included Williamina Fleming, a Scottish immigrant 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 today; and Dr. Cecilia Helena Payne, who in 1956 became the first 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 changed our understanding of the stars and our place in the universe."--Jacket of hardcover edition
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Sobel, Dava
Dewey number
522/.19744409252
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not applicable
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LC call number
QB34.5
LC item number
.S63 2016ab
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history
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Read by Cassandra Campbell
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Campbell, Cassandra
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  • Harvard College Observatory
  • Harvard College Observatory
  • SCIENCE / History
  • Women in astronomy
  • Women mathematicians
  • Astronomy
  • Astronomy
  • Astronomy
  • Women in astronomy
  • Women mathematicians
  • Massachusetts
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The glass universe : how the ladies of the Harvard Observatory took the measure of the stars, Dava Sobel, (CD sound recording)
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Compact disc
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audio disc
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sd
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rdacarrier
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unknown
Content category
spoken word
Content type code
spw
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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
ocn958293864
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
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4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Extent
10 audio discs (12 hr., 30 min.)
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not applicable
Isbn
9780735288645
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not applicable
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mass produced
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plastic with metal
Media category
audio
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rdamedia
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s
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9780735288645
Other physical details
CD audio, digital
Publisher number
60c0f3
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
sound disc
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
Stock number
9780735288645
System control number
  • (OCoLC)958293864
  • (Sirsi) a1957156
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not applicable
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not applicable
Label
The glass universe : how the ladies of the Harvard Observatory took the measure of the stars, Dava Sobel, (CD sound recording)
Publication
Note
Compact disc
Capture and storage technique
unknown
Carrier category
audio disc
Carrier category code
sd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
spoken word
Content type code
spw
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
ocn958293864
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Extent
10 audio discs (12 hr., 30 min.)
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9780735288645
Kind of cutting
not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
mass produced
Kind of material
plastic with metal
Media category
audio
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
s
Other control number
9780735288645
Other physical details
CD audio, digital
Publisher number
60c0f3
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
sound disc
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
Stock number
9780735288645
System control number
  • (OCoLC)958293864
  • (Sirsi) a1957156
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable

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