Dava Sobel is the best-selling author of Longitude and a science writer of such renown that she has an asteroid named for her. In this book she indulges a life-long ‘planet fetish’, giving a personal account of her response to each planet in the Solar System, while presenting essential information about these neighbouring worlds and illuminating often difficult astronomical concepts. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Glass Universe
The Hidden History of the Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars
Before women could vote, Harvard Observatory was employing them to interpret astronomical observations. This book tells the stories of a Cambridge student, a young deaf woman, a pregnant Scottish housemaid and several others who between them helped to unravel the principles governing the universe.
A More Perfect Heaven
How Copernicus Revolutionised the Cosmos
In 1510, Copernicus had begun to formulate the theory that placed the Sun rather than the Earth at the centre of our universe. The theory was potentially heretical and not until 1539, when a young German mathematician named Rheticus sought him out, was Copernicus persuaded to publish On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres. Dava Sobel tells the story of the great astronomer, and where the evidence runs out, she imagines the meeting between Rheticus and the older scientist.