Tag Archives: astronomy

The Quest For Ultima Thule

As I have commented before on several occasions, I have since my youth been a partisan of the minor planet Pluto [1].  When Pluto was first discovered by astronomers some nine decades ago or so, the planet seemed particularly eccentric.  … Continue reading

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Book Review: Galileo’s Daughter

Galileo’s Daughter:  A Historical Memoir Of Science, Faith, And Love, by Dava Sobel Admittedly, the life and times of Galileo have been picked over pretty cleanly and it takes a great deal of creativity on the part of a writer … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Planets

The Planets, by Dava Sobel This book, as one might expect, is very much a product of its time.  It also has some of the most insightful comments as to why Pluto is such a big deal for some of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Illustrated Longitude

The Illustrated Longitude:  The True Story Of A Lone Genius Who Solved The Greatest Scientific Problem Of His Time, by Dava Sobel And William J.H. Andrewes If you have already read Sobel’s Longitude, you have already seen all of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Longitude

Longitude:  The True Story Of A Lone Genius Who Solved The Greatest Scientific Problem Of His Time, by Dava Sobel On the one hand, this book is one of the author’s better books, not least because it has far less … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Glass Universe

The Glass Universe:  How The Ladies Of The Harvard Observatory Took The Measure Of The Stars, by Dava Sobel When I was a tenth grade student taking AP European History, the document based question portion of the exam that year … Continue reading

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Book Review: A More Perfect Heaven

A More Perfect Heaven:  How Copernicus Revolutionized The Cosmos, by Dava Sobel My feelings about this book and the author’s approach are somewhat complicated and ambivalent.  On the one hand, the book does a good job at presenting the known … Continue reading

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Book Review: And The Sun Stood Still

And The Sun Stood Still, by Dava Sobel This play belongs to a somewhat obscure genre, and that is the attempt to dramatize the incidents of science for a larger and popular audience [1].  Given the fact that the author … Continue reading

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When The Invisible Has Gone Missing

Earlier today I read several articles relating to the discovery of a galaxy that was found to be nearly entirely missing dark matter.  While it is easy to ponder how it is that something like dark matter that is already … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Book Nobody Read

The Book Nobody Read:  Chasing The Revolutions Of Nicolaus Copernicus, by Owen Gingerich The author takes as his title for book a reference from novelist Arthur Koestler [1], who thought that the masterpiece by Copernicus was a worst seller that … Continue reading

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