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Dava Sobel was born in the Bronx, New York on June 15, 1947. She received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1969. She is a former New York Times science reporter and has contributed articles to Audubon, Discover, Life, Harvard Magazine, and The New Yorker. She has show more written several science related books including Letters to Father, The Planets, and A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos. Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time won the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love won the 1999 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for science and technology and a 2000 Christopher Award. She has co-authored six books with astronomer Frank Drake including Is Anyone Out There? She also co-authored with William J. H. Andrewes The Illustrated Longitude. Because her work provides awareness of science and technology to the general public, she has received the Individual Public Service Award from the National Science Board in 2001, the Bradford Washburn Award in 2001,the Klumpke-Roberts Award in 2008, and the Eduard Rhein Foundation in Germany in 2014. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Do not split into two authors. The author of the popular science books and the co-author of the backache books are one and the same (her website notes that she has written five books and co-written six books).

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Works by Dava Sobel

Associated Works

On the Map: Why the World Looks the Way it Does (2012) — Foreword — 1,486 copies
Cosmos (1666) — Introduction, some editions — 249 copies
Galileo's treasure box (1987) — Introduction, some editions — 93 copies
Longitude [2000 film] (2000) — Original book — 31 copies
NOVA: Galileo's Battle for the Heavens [2002 TV episode] (2004) — Screenwriter — 14 copies
Omni Magazine March 1983 (1983) — Contributor — 4 copies
Omni Magazine November 1989 (1989) — Contributor — 2 copies

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Birthdate
1947-06-15
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
The Bronx, New York, USA
Education
Bronx High School of Science, New York, New York, USA
Antioch College
City College of New York
State University of New York, Binghamton (B.A.|1969)
Occupations
science writer
journalist
Awards and honors
National Science Board's Public Service Medal (2001)
Bradford Washburn Award (2001)
Klumpke-Roberts Award (2008)
Guggenheim Fellowship (2007)
Disambiguation notice
Do not split into two authors. The author of the popular science books and the co-author of the backache books are one and the same (her website notes that she has written five books and co-written six books).

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A description of the planets of the solar system, and the history of how they were described, in Dava Sobel's inimitable and erudite literary style. Will you learn stuff about the planets? Will you learn about how they interact with society and culture? Yes. Is it a scientific disquisition on the planets and astronomy and observation? No. Not as good as Longitude, but in the similar readable and lucid style. Good for what it is.
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tuckerresearch | 50 other reviews | May 2, 2024 |
Don and I had each purchased a copy in print, but hadn't had time to read them, so after listening to Galileo: a Life, we decided it might be nice to follow that up with this, while it's fresh in our minds. We were right :-) This one started out focusing on Galileo, making us wonder if the use of the daughter's existence was just a gimmick to produce another book on Galileo, but no, there's much more information here about Maria Celeste than in the first, and by virtue of that, information we'd not gotten from the previous work about Galileo. There were episodes and details in the first book that this did not include, so we felt that both were worthwhile reads/listens.… (more)
 
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TraSea | 111 other reviews | Apr 29, 2024 |
Described as a "memoir" on the cover, this book is based on the letters from Galileo's oldest daughter to him. The book's narrative contextualizes the letters within events in Galileo's career and broader historical events. It really explores the relationship between the two, which was carried out not just in letters but regular visits by Galileo to his cloistered daughter. Galileo's trial and house arrest put the burden of managing his estate on his daughter, but also physically affected them both.… (more)
 
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AmyMacEvilly | 111 other reviews | Apr 3, 2024 |
Readable and compelling narrative that can encourage reader interest in social history of science and technology.
 
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