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The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel
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it was amazing
bookshelves: ebook, library, history, physics

This book is a great read. It's the history of Harvard's library of astronomical photographs (on glass specifically). It's a step through time on many levels. Many of the names (particularly the men's names) will be familiar to any student of astronomy. The details of the women's lives were new to me, though the fact that there were women doing the work is something I have heard again and again. Understanding the extent of that work, and how it impacted the science and scientists I was already familiar with was fantastic.

For a book so chock full of names and dates, it's wonderfully readable and relatable. There are triumphs and tragedies here, with far FAR more emphasis on the human than on the science. Which works, because it provides a window into the human side of science. The book tells the story well, and still leaves plenty to think on.
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Reading Progress

June 6, 2019 – Started Reading
June 6, 2019 – Shelved
June 7, 2019 – Started Reading (Hardcover Edition)
June 7, 2019 –
7.0% (Hardcover Edition)
June 7, 2019 –
11.0%
June 7, 2019 –
15.0%
June 7, 2019 –
23.0%
June 7, 2019 –
25.0%
June 11, 2019 –
41.0%
June 11, 2019 –
45.0%
June 11, 2019 –
59.0%
June 12, 2019 – Shelved as: ebook
June 12, 2019 – Shelved as: library
June 12, 2019 – Shelved as: history
June 12, 2019 – Shelved as: physics
June 12, 2019 – Finished Reading

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