Book Review: The Glass Universe

Edge Induced Cohesion

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 that I had to answer involved female astronomers from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and there were a lot of parallels between those documents and the ones examined here.  The author works with a clear agenda in presenting the women of Harvard’s observatory rather than the men–one of whom was the discoverer of Pluto but is nearly entirely ignored except as an endnote about having been a part of the observatory during his career.  Any author who can ignore the discoverer of Pluto [1] so that she can pursue a gender politics agenda is doing something very wrong.  That is not to say that the author does not tell a…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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