Dante and the early astronomer : science, adventure, and a Victorian woman who opened the heavens
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New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2019].
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Book
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xvi, 214 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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English
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9780300239898, 0300239890

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-206) and index.
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In 1910, Mary Acworth Evershed (1867-1949) sat on a hill in southern India staring at the moon as she grappled with apparent mistakes in Dante's Divine Comedy. Was Dante's astronomy unintelligible? Or was he, for a man of his time and place, as insightful as one could be about the sky? As the twentieth century began, women who wished to become professional astronomers faced difficult cultural barriers, but Evershed joined the British Astronomical Association and, from an Indian observatory, became an experienced observer of sunspots, solar eclipses, and variable stars. From the perspective of one remarkable amateur astronomer, readers will see how ideas developed during Galileo's time evolved or were discarded in Newtonian conceptions of the cosmos and recast in Einstein's theories. The result is a book about the history of science but also a poetic meditation on literature, science, and the evolution of ideas.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Daugherty, T. E. (2019). Dante and the early astronomer: science, adventure, and a Victorian woman who opened the heavens . Yale University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Daugherty, Tracy Edgar, 1944-. 2019. Dante and the Early Astronomer: Science, Adventure, and a Victorian Woman Who Opened the Heavens. New Haven ; London: Yale University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Daugherty, Tracy Edgar, 1944-. Dante and the Early Astronomer: Science, Adventure, and a Victorian Woman Who Opened the Heavens New Haven ; London: Yale University Press, 2019.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Daugherty, Tracy Edgar. Dante and the Early Astronomer: Science, Adventure, and a Victorian Woman Who Opened the Heavens Yale University Press, 2019.

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