The Glass Universe
How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the StarsLarge Print - 2017
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: Farmington Hills, Michigan : Thorndike Press, 2017.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: LP 522.1974 Sob
Characteristics: 569 pages : illustrations.