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

  • Formāts: Hardback, 232 pages, height x width x depth: 210x140x22 mm, 27 b-w illus.
  • Izdošanas datums: 04-Jun-2019
  • Izdevniecība: Yale University Press
  • ISBN-10: 0300239890
  • ISBN-13: 9780300239898
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  • Formāts: Hardback, 232 pages, height x width x depth: 210x140x22 mm, 27 b-w illus.
  • Izdošanas datums: 04-Jun-2019
  • Izdevniecība: Yale University Press
  • ISBN-10: 0300239890
  • ISBN-13: 9780300239898
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, readers will see how ideas developed during Galileo’s time evolved or were discarded in Newtonian conceptions of the cosmos and then 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.


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

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"To my delight Tracy Daugherty - essayist, novelist, and biographer of Joseph Heller and Joan Didion - has uncovered a small gem within the history of astronomy. Along the way, readers become acquainted with the British romantics, Australian aboriginal astronomy, the folklore of India, and brief lessons on the sun's energy production and Einsteinian physics. . . . An eclectic and engaging look at the Victorian and Edwardian ages."-Marcia Bartusiak, Washington Post "An almost magical blend of Dante and of modern astronomical theory and 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 "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. Daugherty poignantly captures Mary Evershed's sense of excitement, persistence, and dedication to observational astronomy while tracing her extraordinary intercontinental life journey."-Priyamvada Natarajan, astrophysicist and author of Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos "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 "Tracy Daugherty brings his keen skill as a fiction writer and a biographer to this inspiring tale of imaginative scholarship. He views Dante's celestial imagination through the lens of a little-known Victorian woman with a tremendous determination to understand the heavens. The result is an adventure story that brings together science and poetry, experimental inquiry and literary intuition. It left me marveling at the romance of the stars."-Edward Hirsch, author of Gabriel: A Poem

Preface: The Dawn-Light of Ravenna xi
Acknowledgments xv
Chapter 1 On the Hilltop
1(3)
Chapter 2 To the Lighthouse
4(5)
Chapter 3 The City of Stars
9(5)
Chapter 4 Poetry and Sunspots
14(14)
Chapter 5 "Black Star-Lore"
28(8)
Chapter 6 Physical Astronomy
36(4)
Chapter 7 Romantics
40(16)
Chapter 8 Prisms
56(6)
Chapter 9 The Notebook of the Sun
62(16)
Chapter 10 The Gift of the Forest
78(11)
Chapter 11 The Scarcity of Wasps in Kashmir
89(9)
Chapter 12 Harmonic Structures
98(14)
Chapter 13 "Dante and the Early Astronomers"
112(5)
Chapter 14 Sun-Chasers
117(5)
Chapter 15 Exploding the Sun
122(6)
Chapter 16 Saturnalia
128(3)
Chapter 17 Infinity and the Fly
131(7)
Chapter 18 Wallal
138(11)
Chapter 19 Departure
149(4)
Chapter 20 Who's Who in the Moon
153(6)
Chapter 21 The Maunder Minimum
159(4)
Chapter 22 The Remade Universe
163(4)
Chapter 23 Return to Origins
167(2)
Chapter 24 Northern Lights
169(8)
Epilogue: Kodai Dusk 177(4)
Notes 181(18)
Bibliography 199(8)
Index 207
Tracy Daugherty is distinguished professor of English and creative writing emeritus at Oregon State University and the author of several acclaimed literary books, including the New York Times best-selling The Last LoveSong: A Biography of Joan Didion. Daugherty's work has appeared in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, the Paris Review, and McSweeney's.