Dante and the Early Astronomer by Tracy Daugherty audiobook

Dante and the Early Astronomer: Science, Adventure, and a Victorian Woman Who Opened the Heavens

By Tracy Daugherty
Read by David Stifel

Blackstone Publishing 9780300239898

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781982672348

  • ISBN: 9781982672331

  • ISBN: 9781982672355

Runtime: 6.17 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Explore the evolution of astronomy from Dante to Einstein, as seen through the eyes of trailblazing Victorian astronomer Mary Acworth Evershed.

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, listeners 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An almost magical blend of Dante and modern astronomical theory, and a fascinating picture of one of the English popularizers of astronomy who bridged the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.” Owen Gingerich, author of God’s Planet
“In Daugherty’s wonderfully inclusive fusion of history, science, and literary criticism, the work of a most unusual woman comes alive in its true context. An entrancing read.” Andrea Barrett, author of Ship Fever
“A creative tale of time-travel that connects the obsessions of a brilliant young woman and her celestial love affair with the sublime poetry of Dante.” Priyamvada Natarajan, astrophysicist and author of Mapping the Heavens
“A fascinating picture of one of the English popularizers of astronomy who bridged both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.” Owen Gingerich, author of God’s Planet

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Author

Author Bio: Tracy Daugherty

Author Bio: Tracy Daugherty

Tracy Daugherty is the highly acclaimed author of published novels, short-story collections, and a book of personal essays. His biographies of Donald Barthelme and Joseph Heller received rave reviews. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Currently, he is distinguished professor of English and creative writing at Oregon State University.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 6.17
Audience: Adult
Language: English