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Dava Sobel

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  • The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dava Sobel
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
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    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Dava Sobel returns with the captivating, little-known true story of a group of women whose remarkable contributions to the burgeoning field of astronomy forever changed our understanding of the stars and our place in the universe.

  • Longitude | Dava Sobel

    Longitude

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dava Sobel
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Neil Armstrong
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    In 1714, England's Parliament offered a huge reward to anyone whose method of measuring longitude could be proven successful. The scientific establishment--from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton--had mapped the heavens in its certainty of a celestial answer. In stark contrast, one man, John Harrison, dared to imagine a mechanical solution--a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had been able to do on land. And the race was on....

    Boots says: "To hear Neil Armstongs Voice"
  • Galileo's Daughter | Dava Sobel

    Galileo's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dava Sobel
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    Galileo Galilei was the foremost scientist of his day. Though he never left Italy, his inventions and discoveries were heralded around the world. His telescopes allowed him to reveal the heavens and enforce the astounding argument that the earth moves around the sun. For this belief, he was brought before the Holy Office of the Inquisition, accused of heresy, and forced to spend his last years under house arrest.

    Jean says: "Eppur, si muove"
  • Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love | Dava Sobel

    Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dava Sobel
    • Narrated By Fritz Weaver
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    Galileo's oldest child was 13 when he placed her in a convent near him in Florence, where she took the most appropriate name of Suor Maria Celeste. Her support was her father's greatest source of strength. Her presence, through letters which Sobel has translated from Italian and masterfully woven into the narrative, graces her father's life now as it did then. Galileo's Daughter dramatically recolors the personality and accomplishment of a mythic figure whose 17th-century clash with Catholic doctrine continues to define the schism between science and religion.

  • A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos | Dava Sobel

    A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Dava Sobel
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
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    In her graceful, compelling style, Dava Sobel chronicles the history of the Copernican Revolution, relating the story of astronomy from Aristotle to the Middle Ages. In its midst will be her play, And the Sun Stood Still, imagining the dialogue that would have transpired between Rheticus and Copernicus in their months together. As she achieved with her bestsellers Longitude and Galileo's Daughter, Sobel expands the bounds of science writing, giving us an unforgettable portrait of scientific achievement.

    nnoit says: "Too much about Copernicus' daily life"
  • The Glass Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dava Sobel
    • Narrated By Laurence Bouvard
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    In the mid-19th century, the Harvard College Observatory began employing women as calculators, or 'human computers', to interpret the observations their male counterparts made via telescope each night. As photography transformed the practice of astronomy, the women turned to studying images of the stars captured on glass photographic plates, making extraordinary discoveries that attracted worldwide acclaim.

  • The Planets | Dava Sobel

    The Planets

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Dava Sobel
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
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    The sun's family of planets become a familiar place in this personal account of the lives of other worlds. Sobel explores the planets' origins and oddities through the lens of popular culture, from astrology, mythology, and science fiction to art, music, poetry, biography, and history. This intimate account is filled with fascination, beauty, and surprise.

    Ethan says: "Superb story of our changing views of the planets"
  • And the Sun Stood Still | Dava Sobel

    And the Sun Stood Still

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Dava Sobel
    • Narrated By Robert Foxworth, John Vickery, Kate Steele, and others
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    Dava Sobel's thoughtful play brings to life the story of Nicolaus Copernicus, the Renaissance astronomer and mathematician who proposed the heliocentric model of the universe in which the sun stands at the center. Plagued by self-doubt and threatened by religious censure, Copernicus resisted the publication of his work until just before his death in 1543.

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