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Dava Sobel

Full Name: Dava Sobel
Gender: Female
Born: 1947-01-01
Number of Works: 20
Dava Sobel is a writer of popular expositions of scientific topics. She graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and Binghamton University. Her works include:

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time (1995) - the genius in question was John Harrison, who spent decades trying to convince the British Admiralty of the accuracy of his naval timepieces and their use in determining longitude when at sea in order to win the longitude prize. The book itself won the 1997 British Book of the Year award.

Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love (2000)

The Best American Science Writing 2004 (editor)

The Planets: A discourse on the discovery, science, history and mythology, of the planets in our solar system, with one chapter devoted to each of the celestial spheres. (2005)

Longitude was dramatised for television by Charles Sturridge and Granada Film in 1999, and was shown in the US by A&E. Michael Gambon played John Harrison, and Jeremy Irons played Rupert Gould, who restored Harrison's timepieces for posterity in the mid 20th century.

Sobel made her first foray into teaching at the University of Chicago as the Vare Writer-in-Residence during Winter 2006. She taught a one-quarter seminar on "Writing About Science."

ISBN: 0140280553, 9780140280555
Keywords: faith, love, science, memoir, daughter, historical, galileo
Pages: 368
Published: 1991
  • Rating: 80%

Inspired by a long fascination with Galileo, and by the remarkable surviving letters of Galileo's daughter, a cloistered nun, Dava Sobel has written a biography unlike any other of the man Albert Einstein called "the father of modern physics- indeed of modern science altogether." Galileo's Daughter also presents a stunning portrait of a person hitherto lost to history, described by her father as "a woman of exquisite mind, singular goodness, and most tenderly attached to me." The son of a musician, Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) tried at first to enter a monastery before eng
ISBN: 0142001163, 9780142001165
Keywords: planets
Pages: 288
Published: 2005
  • Rating: 80%

With her bestsellers Longitude and Galileo's Daughter, Dava Sobel introduced readers to her rare gift for weaving complex scientific concepts into a compelling narrative. Now Sobel brings her full talents to bear on what is perhaps her most ambitious topic to date-the planets of our solar system. Sobel explores the origins and oddities of the planets through the lens of popular culture, from astrology, mythology, and science fiction to art, music, poetry, biography, and history. Written in her characteristically graceful prose, The Planets is a stunningly original celebration of our solar syst
ISBN: 081293301X, 9780812933017
Keywords: refugees, america, war, world, dramatic, story, haven
Pages: 352
Published: 1983
  • Rating: 80%

Basis for the CBS Mini-series Starring Natasha Richardson."The words leaped at me from The Washington Post. 'I have decided,' President Franklin Delano Roosevelt announced, 'that approximately 1,000 refugees should be immediately brought from Italy to this country.' One thousand refugees....For years, refugees knocking on the doors of American consulates abroad had been told, 'You cannot enter America. The quotas are filled.' And, while the quotas remained untouchable ... millions died."With this mixture of desperation and hope, Ruth Gruber begins Haven, the inspiring story of one th
ISBN: 0802717195, 9780802717191
Keywords: universe, walk, one, path
Pages: 208
Published: 2003
  • Rating: 80%

<DIV>“Here Raymo seeks—and finds—the laws of nature and the existential problems of man hidden under every leaf and rock, or caught in the murmur of running water…What history is hidden outside your front door?”—Los Angeles Times For almost forty years, Chet Raymo walked a one-mile path from his house to the college where he taught, chronicling the universe by observing every detail of his route with a scientist’s curiosity, a historian’s respect for the past, and a child’s capacity for wonder. With each step, the landscape he traversed became richer, suggesting ever de
ISBN: 0756792177, 9780756792176
Keywords: celeste, galileo, maria, sister, letters, father
Pages: 355
Published: 1992
  • Rating: 80%

Galileo's daughter was her father's greatest source of strength during his most difficult time. Galileo was at the heart of the most dramatic collision between science & religion in history. He was also a loving father who treasured his illegitimate daughter, Virginia, perhaps her father's equal in brilliance & sensibility. Since marriage was impossible, she entered a convent to spend the rest of her days there as Sister Maria Celeste. Her 124 letters span the decade in which a new Pope battled the Reformation; the 30 Years' War embroiled Europe; the bubonic plague erupted; & a new
ISBN: 0385311222, 9780385311229
Keywords: anyone
Pages: 288
Published: 1992
  • Rating: 60%
ISBN: 0312142811, 9780312142810
Keywords: work, exercises, backache
Pages: 208
Published: 1994
  • Rating: 80%

<div>What is the most powerful backache treatment ever developed to help prevent recurring back pain and restore you to a healthy, pain-free life?The answer is exercise.Exercise has:Helped more bachage sufferes than drugs, surgery, or any other treatment--without dangerous side effectsBeen widely prescribed by medical doctors and other health practitioners.Been rated the best source of relief by backache sufferers themselvesBeen uniformly supported by current medical researchEach exercise is explained in words and diagrams so that even a beginner can put together an individualized exerci
ISBN: 4763960067, 9784763960061
Pages: 219
Published: 1994
ISBN: 1845290984, 9781845290986
Keywords: telegraph, books, daily, relief, complete, guide, backache
Pages: 544
Published: 2006

At last - the self-help treatments for backache that really work. This bestselling book grew out of an extensive survey of what those with back problems experience and the treatments they have found that really work. Are drugs or surgery the answer? What about the many complementary therapies available? Or should you try a change of diet, daily routine and exercise? Answers to these and many more questions are answered with honesty by those who have actually tried them. Why suffer longer with this miserable and debilitating problem when you can almost certainly find something here to relieve t