WorldCat Identities

Sobel, Dava

Overview
Works: 171 works in 614 publications in 4 languages and 25,422 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Records and correspondence  Popular works  Drama  Television programs  Film adaptations  Television adaptations  Fiction 
Roles: Translator, Editor, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: QB36.G2, 520.92
Publication Timeline
Key
Publications about  Dava Sobel Publications about Dava Sobel
Publications by  Dava Sobel Publications by Dava Sobel
Most widely held works about Dava Sobel
 
Most widely held works by Dava Sobel
Galileo's daughter : a historical memoir of science, faith, and love by Dava Sobel ( Book )
46 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 4,981 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The son of a musician, Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) tried at first to enter a monastery before engaging the skills that made him the foremost scientist of his day. Though he never left Italy, his inventions and discoveries were heralded around the world. Most sensationally, his telescopes allowed him to reveal a new reality in the heavens and to reinforce the astounding argument that the Earth moves around the Sun. For this belief, he was brought before the Holy Office of the Inquisition, accused of heresy, and forced to spend his last years under house arrest." "Of Galileo's three illegitimate children, the eldest best mirrored his own brilliance, industry, and sensibility, and by virtue of these qualities became his confidante. Born Virginia in 1600, she was thirteen when Galileo placed her in a convent near him in Florence, where she took the most appropriate name of Suor Maria Celeste. Her loving support, which Galileo repaid in kind, proved to be her father's greatest source of strength throughout his most productive and tumultuous years. Her presence, through letters which Sobel has translated from their original Italian and woven into the narrative, graces her father's life now as it did then." "Galileo's Daughter dramatically recolors the personality and accomplishment of a mythic figure whose seventeenth-century clash with Catholic doctrine continues to define the schism between science and religion. Moving between Galileo's grand public life and Maria Celeste's sequestered world, Sobel illuminates the Florence of the Medicis and the papal court in Rome during the pivotal era when humanity's perception of its place in the cosmos was being overturned."--BOOK JACKET
Longitude : the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time by Dava Sobel ( Book )
66 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 4,537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The story of mariners' centuries-long search for ways of determining longitude that tells not only of the scientific advances but of the perseverance, pettiness, politics, & interesting anecdotes involved. Longitude is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest, and of John Harrison's forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer. Full of heroism and chicanery, brilliance and the absurd, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking. Through Dava Sobel's consummate skill, Longitude will open a new window on our world for all who read it
The planets by Dava Sobel ( Book )
26 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,058 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The sun's family of planets become a familiar place in this personal account of the lives of other worlds. With her gift for weaving difficult scientific concepts into a compelling story, Sobel explores the planets' origins and oddities through the lens of popular culture, from astrology, mythology, and science fiction to art, music, poetry, biography, and history.--From publisher description
A more perfect heaven : how Copernicus revolutionized the cosmos by Dava Sobel ( Book )
14 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Traces the story of the reclusive sixteenth-century cleric who introduced the revolutionary idea that the Earth orbits the sun, describing the dangerous forces and complicated personalities that marked the publication of Copernicus's findings
Is anyone out there? : the scientific search for extraterrestrial intelligence by Frank D Drake ( Book )
14 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Drake's narrative account discusses the observatories around the world dedicated to detect extraterrestrial intelligence
The illustrated longitude by Dava Sobel ( Book )
19 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in English and held by 1,160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This fully illustrated edition of the international best-seller Longitude recounts in words and images the epic quest to solve the greatest scientific problem of the eighteenth and three prior centuries: determining how a captain could pinpoint his ship's location at sea. All too often, voyages ended in disaster when crew and cargo were either lost at sea or destroyed upon the rocks of an unexpected landfall. Thousands of lives and the fortunes of nations hung on a resolution. Governments established prizes for anyone whose method or device proved successful. The scientific establishment, certain that a celestial answer would be found, invested untold effort in this pursuit. By contrast, John Harrison built the unimaginable: a clock that told perfect time at sea, known today as the chronometer. Harrison's trials and tribulations during his forty-year quest to win the prize are the culmination of this remarkable story.--From publisher description
Arthritis : what works by Dava Sobel ( Book )
8 editions published between 1989 and 1994 in English and held by 919 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Nutrition. Brand-name, over-the-counter medications. Prescription drugs. Surgery. Experimental treatments. Alternative therapies. Self-help techniques."
Arthritis : what exercises work by Dava Sobel ( Book )
13 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of exercises designed to relieve the pain associated with arthritis
Backache : what exercises work by Dava Sobel ( Book )
8 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 800 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Argues that exercise is the best therapy for backache, discusses motivation, recommends specific exercises, and covers yoga, meditation,and life-style changes
Letters to father : suor Maria Celeste to Galileo, 1623-1633 by Maria Celeste Galilei ( Book )
8 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 724 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When she was 13, Virginia Galilei, eldest daughter of the great scientist Galileo, was placed by her father in a convent near him in Florence and took the name Suor Maria Celeste. Unable to see him except on his occasional visits, she wrote him continually, as her 124 surviving letters (which Galileo kept) attest. Now, for the first time, all of these letters are reproduced in English, translated by Dava Sobel, and in their original Italian, and Ms. Sobel has also written an introduction and annotations placing the letters in historical context. The 124 letters span only a decade of Maria Celeste's 33 years. In that dramatic period, a pope came to power who battled the Protestant Reformation; the Thirty Years' War embroiled all of Europe; the bubonic plague erupted across Italy; and a new philosophy of science, promulgated most forcefully by Galileo himself, threatened to overturn the order of the universe. Maria Celeste's evocative, beautifully written letters touch on all of these situations, but they dwell in the small details of everyday life; and though Galileo's letters to her have not survived, it is clear from hers that he answered every one. Especially for those who have read Ms. Sobel's Galileo's Daughter, but even for those who haven't, Maria Celeste's letters provide an indelible chronicle of convent life in the early 17th century, a memorable portrait of deep affection between a famous father and his daughter, and fascinating insight into Galileo himself
Galileo's daughter by Dava Sobel ( Recording )
19 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in English and held by 693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
By including translations of letters from Suor Maria Celeste, Galileo's eldest illegitimate child, the author presents a biography of Galileo along with a portrait of this daughter and a look at the seventeenth century world of Florence and the papal court in Rome
The planets by Dava Sobel ( Recording )
8 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explores the creation and evolution of the solar system's planets through a lens of popular culture, drawing on sources from astrology, science fiction, the fine arts, and other genres to chronicle planetary history in an accessible format
Longitude [the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time] by Dava Sobel ( Recording )
8 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day--and had been for centuries. The quest for a solution has occupied scientists for the better part of two centuries when, in 1714, England's Parliament upped the ante by offering a king's ransom to anyone whose method or device proved successful. One man, John Harrison, dared to imagine a mechanical solution--a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had ever been able to do on land. Longitude is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest, and of Harrison's forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer. Full of heroism and chicanery, brilliance and the absurd, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking. Through Dava Sobel's consummate skill, Longitude opens many new windows on our world. "The marine chronometer is a glorious and fascinating object, but it is not a simple one, and its explanation calls for a writer as skilled with words as the watchmakers were with their tools: happily just such a writer has been found in Dava Sobel."--Patrick O'Brian, author of the Aubrey/Maturin naval series
Backache relief : the ultimate second opinion from back-pain sufferers nationwide who share their successful healing experiences by Arthur C Klein ( Book )
3 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Backache Relief was written to provide answers that can save you literally months and years of needless pain and incapacitation. No matter how long you've suffered back pain, no matter how many practitioners, treatments, and self-help approaches you've tried, you'll find answers here that will help you. Backache Relief documents the effectiveness and ineffectiveness of more than 100 different practitioners, treatments, and self-help therapies. Its findings are based on an extensive survey that took two years to complete'correspondence and interviews with nearly 500 back sufferers from every state in the nation
The best American science writing 2004 ( Book )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An annual compilation features a selection of the year's most significant writings on key scientific developments in genetics, physics, cognition, evolutionary theory, astronomy, and other fields
A more perfect heaven how Nicolaus Copernicus revolutionized the cosmos by Dava Sobel ( Recording )
10 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sobel paints an unforgettable portrait of the Copernican Revolution. Encouraged by his German protégé, Polish cleric Nicolaus Copernicus published his heliocentric model of the universe, tantalizing 16th-century mathematicians and scientists--and triggering a groundswell of opposition
To father : the letters of Sister Maria Celeste to Galileo, 1623-1633 by Maria Celeste Galilei ( Book )
7 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Galileo's daughter a historical memoir of science, faith, and love by Dava Sobel ( )
5 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Galileo Galilei was the foremost scientist of his day. Though he never left Italy, his inventions and discoveries were heralded around the world. His telescopes allowed him to reveal the heavens and enforce the astounding argument that the earth moves around the sun. For this belief, he was brought before the Holy Office of the Inquisition, accused of heresy, and forced to spend his last years under house arrest. Galileo's oldest child was thirteen when he placed her in a convent near him in Florence, where she took the most appropriate name of Suor Maria Celeste. Her support was her father's greatest source of strength. Her presence, through letters which Sobel has translated from Italian and masterfully woven into the narrative, graces her father's life now as it did then. Galileo's daughter dramatically recolors the personality and accomplishment of a mythic figure whose seventeenth-century clash with Catholic doctrine continues to define the schism between science and religion
Longitude : the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time by Dava Sobel ( Book )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day--and had been for centuries. The scientific establishment of Europe--from Galileo to Sir Issac Newton--had mapped the heavens in both hemispheres in its certain pursuit of a celestial answer. In stark contrast, one man, John Harrison, dared to imagine a mechanical solution--a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had ever been able to do on land. Longitude is a dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and Harrison's forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer. Full of heroism and chicanery, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking, and opens a new window on our world
Longitude by Dava Sobel ( Recording )
2 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
For scientists in the eighteenth century, devising a way to measure longitude was one of the greatest challenges of the day--and of centuries past. Sailors were literally lost at sea when they lost sight of land. Galileo and Sir Isaac Newton mapped the heavens for a celestial answer, but one man, John Harrison, figured out a mechanical one: a precise clock, known today as the chronometer
 
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
0
Audience Level
1
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.20 (from 0.08 for Expanded b ... to 0.92 for Longitude ...)
Alternative Names
סובל, דווה
ソベル, デーヴァ
Languages
English (291)
Spanish (4)
Chinese (1)
Russian (1)
Covers