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Dava Sobel was born in the Bronx, New York on June 15, 1947. She received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1969. She is a former New York Times science reporter and has contributed articles to Audubon, Discover, Life, Harvard Magazine, and The New Yorker. She has mostrar mais written several science related books including Letters to Father, The Planets, and A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos. Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time won the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love won the 1999 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for science and technology and a 2000 Christopher Award. She has co-authored six books with astronomer Frank Drake including Is Anyone Out There? She also co-authored with William J. H. Andrewes The Illustrated Longitude. Because her work provides awareness of science and technology to the general public, she has received the Individual Public Service Award from the National Science Board in 2001, the Bradford Washburn Award in 2001,the Klumpke-Roberts Award in 2008, and the Eduard Rhein Foundation in Germany in 2014. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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(eng) Do not split into two authors. The author of the popular science books and the co-author of the backache books are one and the same (her website notes that she has written five books and co-written six books).

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Obras por Dava Sobel

Associated Works

On the Map: Why the World Looks the Way it Does (2012) — Prefácio — 1,459 exemplares
Cosmos (1666) — Introdução, algumas edições245 exemplares
Galileo's treasure box (1987) — Introdução, algumas edições94 exemplares
Longitude [2000 film] (2000) — Original book — 31 exemplares
NOVA: Galileo's Battle for the Heavens [2002 TV episode] (2004) — Screenwriter — 14 exemplares
Omni Magazine March 1983 (1983) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
NOVA: Lost at Sea: The Search for Longitude [1998 TV episode] (1998) — Screenwriter — 4 exemplares
Omni Magazine November 1989 (1989) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
The Bronx, New York, USA
Bronx High School of Science, New York, New York, USA
Antioch College
City College of New York
State University of New York, Binghamton (B.A.|1969)
science writer
Prémios e menções honrosas
National Science Board's Public Service Medal (2001)
Bradford Washburn Award (2001)
Klumpke-Roberts Award (2008)
Guggenheim Fellowship (2007)
Nota de desambiguação
Do not split into two authors. The author of the popular science books and the co-author of the backache books are one and the same (her website notes that she has written five books and co-written six books).



This is a history of the role of the women who analyzed photographic plates of stars produced at the Harvard College Observatory from the mid-nineteenth century onward. Ironically, the work of making the observations themselves at night on telescopes in Harvard and observatories elsewhere was deemed too difficult for women to undertake. Originally the women who did the compilations were wives, sisters and daughters of astronomers, but eventually graduates of women's colleges were hired to continue the work. It is amazing to learn how many of the computations and discoveries were made by women in a scientific field usually dominated by men. The approach was rather dry, but I enjoyed listening to it.… (mais)
terran | 32 outras críticas | Feb 21, 2024 |
(1995)Very good story of Englishman John Harrison who came up with a chronometer that allowed seamen to figure out longitude on their voyages. While sailors can readily gauge latitude by the height of the sun or guiding stars above the horizon, the measurement of longitude bedeviled navigators for centuries, resulting in untold shipwrecks. Galileo, Isaac Newton and Edmund Halley entreated the moon and stars for help, but their astronomical methods failed. In 1714, England's Parliament offered #20,000 (equivalent to millions of dollars today) to anyone who could solve the problem. Self-educated English clockmaker John Harrison (1693-1776) found the answer by inventing a chronometer?a friction-free timepiece, impervious to pitch and roll, temperature and humidity?that would carry the true time from the home port to any destination. But Britain's Board of Longitude, a panel of scientists, naval officers and government officials, favored the astronomers over humble "mechanics" like Harrison, who received only a portion of the prize after decades of struggle. Yet his approach ultimately triumphed, enabling Britannia to rule the waves. In an enthralling gem of a book, former New York Times science reporter Sobel spins an amazing tale of political intrigue, foul play, scientific discovery and personal ambition. (Publisher's Weekly)… (mais)
derailer | 181 outras críticas | Jan 25, 2024 |
An easy rundown of who discovered the planets, how & what they know now. I enjoyed it.
SteveMcI | 49 outras críticas | Jan 5, 2024 |
I didn't intend to read the entire book in one day, but that's what happened.

If you've ever read anything by Tom Standage, you'll enjoy this book. Sobel says in her sources that this book was meant to be a popular account rather than a scholarly exploration, and it sure reads like a popular account. She weaves the problem of longitudinal navigation so well that you're compelled to read through the solution even if you've never set foot on a large vessel in your life.

It's also interesting, now, to think that these clocks created by John Harrison are still in working order, nearly 300 years later. The craftsmanship employed by an amateur is staggering and underscores the immensity of his work.… (mais)
ohheybrian | 181 outras críticas | Dec 29, 2023 |



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