The Glass Universe
How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the StarsLarge Print - 2017 | Large print edition.
In the mid-nineteenth century, the Harvard College Observatory began employing women as calculators to interpret the observations male astronomers made via telescope. As photography transformed astronomy, the ladies turned 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 enabled the women to help make extraordinary discoveries, such as discerning what stars were made of, categorizing stars for further research, and measuring distances across space by starlight. Book jacket.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2017.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: Large Print 522.19744409252 Sob
Characteristics: 569 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
From Library Staff
Maria Mitchell noted way before this happened that women are particularly suited to astronomy, as a result of their training with detail-oriented work such as embroidery, the skills of which could be transferred over.