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506 | Dava Sobel: The Glass Universe
506 | Dava Sobel: The Glass Universe
Saturday, November 4 | 3 - 4 PM
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Thorne Auditorium
375 E Chicago Ave | Chicago, IL | 60611
  • Members: $12
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10

“An elegant historical tale…[from] the master storyteller of astronomy.” — The Boston Globe

In the mid-19th century, the Harvard College Observatory began employing women as “human computers” to interpret the observations their male counterparts made via telescope each night. As photography transformed the practice of astronomy, the women turned to studying the stars captured nightly on glass photographic plates. The “glass universe” of a half a million plates that Harvard amassed enabled the women to make extraordinary discoveries. Renowned science writer Dava Sobel (Longitude, Galileo's Daughter) comes to CHF to tell the little-known true story of this group of remarkable women whose work forever changed our understanding of the stars and our place in the universe.

Preorder your copy of The Glass Universe through the CHF box office and save 20%.

A book signing will follow this program.


Dava Sobel is one of the most prominent, critically acclaimed, bestselling narrative nonfiction writers working today. A former science reporter for the New York Times, she is the recipient of the National Science Board’s prestigious Individual Public Service Award, the Boston Museum of Science’s Bradford Washburn Award, and many others. She has served as the editor for The Best American Science Writing, and even had an asteroid (#30935) named for her. A long-time contributor to The New Yorker, Audubon, Discover, Life, Omni, and Harvard Magazine. Sobel is the author of five books, including Longitude, Galileo’s Daughter, and The Planet.

  • On sale to members on 9/19 at 10am and on sale to public on 9/26 at 10am.
  • The Glass Universe
  • 10-31-2017