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Sobel, Dava

Works: 130 works in 766 publications in 24 languages and 27,403 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Records and correspondence  Popular works  Drama  Television adaptations  Television mini-series  Film adaptations  Television programs  Biographical television programs 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Bibliographic antecedent
Classifications: QB225, 520.92
Publication Timeline
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 )

111 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in 19 languages and held by 5,106 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."--Jacket
Longitude : the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time by Dava Sobel( Book )

88 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 4,517 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 )

42 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in 9 languages and held by 3,063 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 )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,644 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
The glass universe : how the ladies of the Harvard Observatory took the measure of the stars by Dava Sobel( Book )

12 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 1,313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The little-known true story of the unexpected and remarkable contributions to astronomy made by a group of women working in the Harvard College Observatory from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s.--
The illustrated longitude by Dava Sobel( Book )

40 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 1,236 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
Is anyone out there? : the scientific search for extraterrestrial intelligence by Frank D Drake( Book )

17 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drake's narrative account discusses the observatories around the world dedicated to detect extraterrestrial intelligence
Arthritis : what works by Dava Sobel( Book )

8 editions published between 1989 and 1994 in English and Swedish and held by 838 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nutrition. Brand-name, over-the-counter medications. Prescription drugs. Surgery. Experimental treatments. Alternative therapies. Self-help techniques."
Backache : what exercises work by Dava Sobel( Book )

7 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in English and held by 768 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Breakthrough relief for the rest of your life--even after everything else has failed
Letters to father : suor Maria Celeste to Galileo, 1623-1633 by Maria Celeste Galilei( Book )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 701 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. - Publisher
Arthritis : what exercises work by Dava Sobel( Book )

12 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of exercises designed to relieve the pain associated with arthritis
The planets by Dava Sobel( Recording )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 597 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
Backache relief : the ultimate second opinion from back-pain sufferers nationwide who share their successful healing experiences by Arthur C Klein( Book )

2 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 396 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
Longitude : a play by Dava Sobel( Book )

83 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in 14 languages and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seefahrt; Navigation; Zeitmessung; Chronometer; Erfindung
Maya Lin : topologies by Maya Ying Lin( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The first comprehensive monograph on the acclaimed American artist and architect, known for her environmental works and memorials that distill a tranquil yet texturally rich minimalism. Maya Lin is one of the most important public artists of this century. As an architecture student at Yale, Lin designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial as a class project, entering it in the largest design competition in American history. Her winning proposal, a V-shaped wall of black stone etched with the names of 58,000 dead soldiers, has since become the most visited memorial in the nation's capital. This visually rich volume presents 50 projects from the last three decades that demonstrate the scope of Lin's creative process, featuring her own sketches and drawings and linked by her ideal of making a place for individuals within the landscape. With her environmental works Storm King Wavefield, Eleven-Minute Line (Sweden), and Pin River--Yangtze (Beijing), Lin maintains a balance between art and architecture, drawing inspiration from culturally diverse sources. From the moment she entered the national spotlight with her design for the Vietnam Memorial, Lin has been proposing ways of thinking and imagining that resist categories, genres, and borders"--Provided by publisher
The best American science writing 2004( Book )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 247 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 )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 222 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
Longitude by Charles Sturridge( Visual )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Het verhaal van een eenzaam genie, John Harrison, uitvinder van het eerste nauwkeurige zeeuurwerk, die het grootste wetenschappelijke probleem van zijn tijd oploste
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Galileo's daughter : a historical memoir of science, faith, and love
Alternative Names
Dava Sobel Amerikaans schrijfster

Dava Sobel amerikansk författare

Dava Sobel amerikansk skribent

Dava Sobel auteur américain de roman non fictionnel

Dava Sobel biografía, escritora, divulgadora científica, reportera

Dava Sobel divulgatrice scientifica statunitense

Dava Sobel US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin und Wissenschaftsredakteurin

סובל, דווה

소벨, 데이바 1948-

ソベル, デーヴァ


Longitude : the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his timeThe planetsA more perfect heaven : how Copernicus revolutionized the cosmosThe illustrated longitudeIs anyone out there? : the scientific search for extraterrestrial intelligenceArthritis : what worksBackache : what exercises workLetters to father : suor Maria Celeste to Galileo, 1623-1633