Scaling the Glass Universe


Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 6:00pm


Science Center, Hall C, 1 Oxford Street

"Scaling the Glass Universe" Lecture

Free Public Lecture and Book Signing

Dava Sobel, Writer; Former Science Reporter, The New York Times

In the 1880s, physicist and astronomer Edward Pickering invented a new system to photograph the sky that revolutionized our understanding of stars. His achievements in science relied on the work of more than 80 women–known as the Harvard Observatory “computers”–who analyzed and catalogued data from thousands of photographs. Dava Sobel will discuss the women’s significant contributions to astronomy as well as Pickering’s visionary initiative to establish an observatory in Peru that expanded scientists’ notions of scale and space.

Dava Sobel will be signing her book, The Glass Universe: How Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars.

Free parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

Presented in collaboration with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Related exhibition: Scale: A Matter of Perspective