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Among the Stars: The Life of Maria Mitchell…

Among the Stars: The Life of Maria Mitchell

by Margaret Moore Booker

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Few avenues of high achievement were open to American women in the mid-nineteenth century, but a young librarian on Nantucket Island, off the coast of Cape Cod, sent a startling signal through the male-dominated world of science when she emerged as a world-class astronomer. Maria Mitchell, from the roof of the family's home overlooking Main Street, peering into the heavens with a rudimentary telescope, showed that she could not only discover a comet, but compute its orbit and exchange scientific observations with the world's leading astronomers. She became an admired figure on the international scene, then a much-beloved professor at Vassar College, and finally a leader in the emerging women's rights movement. In her mind, these achievements seemed all part of a logical whole: the education and expansion of women's minds far beyond the stereotypes of the time and the projection of this new power into modern society. Not a radical, not an establishment figure, but a unique and innovative force in her time, Mitchell is meticulously and expertly portrayed by Margaret Moore Booker in this first comprehensive biography.

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