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The Glass Universe

3 Aug 2019, 19:13 UTC
The Glass Universe
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Dava Sobel is a contemporary author of scientific novels, including Longitude, Galileo’s Daughter, and The Planets. These books focus on the astronomical sciences, to which Sobel appears to be most closely attuned. Sobel started her career as a journalist who worked in the science department of the New York Times. She also wrote for the Cornell University News Bureau and freelanced for many magazines including, Harvard Magazine, Science Digest, and Discover, before making the executive decision to write novels of her own.

Sobel’s most recent novel The Glass Universe (2016) is split into three parts, “The Colors of Starlight,” “Oh, Be A Fine Girl, Kiss Me,” and “In the Depths Above.” Each part is further structured quite nicely into titled chapters that relate to the subject or person of interest. The book’s sweep is chronological, starting with Mary Anna Palmer Draper – the wife of astronomer Henry Draper. After Henry’s death, Mary Anna made it her life goal to finalize his plans to complete the Harvard College Observatory. Sobel’s way of structuring her novel makes the narrative flow easily when reading and keeps the pace of the novel at a good and steady rhythm.

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