â€œA short, excellent account of [Leavittâ€™s] extraordinary life and achievements.â€â€”Simon Singh, New York Times Book Review At the beginning of the twentieth century, scientists argued over the size of the universe: was it, as the astronomer Harlow Shapley argued, the size of the Milky Way, or was there more truth to Edwin Hubbleâ€™s claim that our own galaxy is just one among billions? The answer to the controversyâ€”a â€œyardstickâ€ suitable for measuring the cosmosâ€”was discovered by Henrietta Swan Leavitt, who was employed by the Harvard Observatory as a number cruncher, at a wage not dissimilar from that of workers in the nearby textile mills. Miss Leavittâ€™s Stars uncovers her neglected history, and brings a fascinating and turbulent period of astronomical history to life.
Miss Leavitt's Stars
Publication Date2006-06-17 00:00:00