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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