from the Sun
by Michael J. Carlowicz &
Ramon E. Lopez
It's summer time, with lots of sunshine to go around. Want to know more about
the star that makes life on Earth possible?
by Khan Amore
|This 641-page book is in the science fiction genre (my favorite), however, most of
it reads like an historical novel. It may not be for everyone and
certainly not for the meek. As the author puts it, "If there is anyone that
the author has not offended, he hereby offers his sincerest apologies. It was
never his intent that anyone should feel left out."
|Maria Mitchell : A Life in Journals
by Henry Albers
I haven't seen a copy of this book yet, however, based on the vast collection of
letters and journals left by Maria Mitchell, I would imagine it a very
interesting and worthwhile read.
|Eclipse: The Celestial Phenomenon
That Changed the Course of History
by Duncan Steel
|This book contains an account of Maria Mitchell's eclipse
chase to Denver, Colorado with her sister and some of her students from Vassar.
Besides Maria, this is a great book to read about the history and mystery
surrounding one of nature's most intriguing spectacles.
|Through the Telescope: A Guide for
the Amateur Astronomer, Revised Edition
by Patricia L. Barnes-Svarney, Michael R. Porcellino,
|This book is listed here because it has
theWoman Astronomer Web site listed (a first!) on page 267, though it
is our old address. I've only thumbed through the book and it seems to contain a
lot of useful information for the beginning amateur astronomer. The reviews on
Amazon.com, however, are less than favorable.
|Notable Women in the Physical Sciences
by Benjamin F. Shearer & Barbara Smith Shearer (Editors),
There are 100 women listed and quite a few are women astronomers...even a few
I've personally had the pleasure to meet. Amazon.com has 23 sample pages for you
to peruse before you buy, including a full index.
|Galileo's Daughter : A Historical
Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love
by Dava Sobel, ©1999
|A biography on one of astronomy's most distinguished forefathers.
Galileo Galilei's life story is told through the surviving letters he received
from his oldest illegitimate child, Virginia. She born in 1600 and was placed in
a convent at the age of 13 where she took the name Suor Maria Celeste. Her
father described her as "a woman of exquisite mind, singular goodness, and
most tenderly attached to me."
by Carl Sagan
|When I first read this book, I really enjoyed the story, though I
thought the characters were a little bland. I've since changed my opinion, in
large part, because Jodie Foster's excellent performance in the movie version.
Get the VHS Contact
or the DVD Contact
to add to your video library.
|Bright Galaxies Dark Matters (Masters
of Modern Physics)
by Vera C. Rubin
Here is a collection of essays by one of today's most distinguished woman
astronomers. Rubin writes about galaxies, Mount Wilson, and "women's
|You Can Be a Woman Astronomer
by Andrea Mia Ghez
|This is a most charming book by a woman astronomer written for ages
9-12 and shares what it takes to be a woman astronomer. In 1998, a CDROM was
added and is offered in combination with the book: You Can Be A Woman Astronomer CDROM
|Hypatia of Alexandria
Maria Dzielska, F. Lyra (Translator)
This was my main resource when I wrote "Hypatia of Alexandria: a woman
before her time" in the premiere issue (Summer 1997) of theWoman
Astronomer. It is a fascinating read based, in part, on surviving
letters from Hypatia's student Synesius of Cyrene.