This Week on Well Read TV: Dava Sobel Talks about THE GLASS UNIVERSE

This week on Well Read, award-winning author Dava Sobel will be speaking with hosts Elisa Jaffe and Mary Anne Gwinn about her most recent work of scientific nonfiction, The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars (2016), released December 6. After investigating Galileo’s eldest in Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love (1999), the solar system in The Planets (2005), and Copernicus in A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos (2011), here, Sobel turns to nineteenth-century Harvard and the groundbreaking female astronomers who diligently studied, cataloged, and discovered stars. As Colleen Mondor writes in her starred Booklist review, “Readers . . . will find themselves beguiled by Sobel’s prose and invigorated by this long-overlooked history.” In the video clip above, Sobel introduces Williamina Fleming, “the first woman to hold a university title at Harvard.”

To watch her full conversation with Jaffe and Gwinn, check your public television affiliate’s schedule and World Channel beginning this Friday, January 20.

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About the Author:

Briana Shemroske is Booklist's Editorial Assistant for Books for Youth. She recently graduated with a BA from Lake Forest College where she studied English Writing and Art History. In her free time she can be found eating cheeseburgers, frolicking with her schnoodle, Moritz, and feebly attempting to play board games. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Briana.

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