Silent Sky

Silent Sky THE STORY When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early s she isn t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea Instead she joins a group of women compu

  • Title: Silent Sky
  • Author: Lauren Gunderson
  • ISBN: 9780822233800
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Paperback
  • THE STORY When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea Instead, she joins a group of women computers, charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in girl hours and has no time for the women s probing theories As Henrietta, in her free timeTHE STORY When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea Instead, she joins a group of women computers, charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in girl hours and has no time for the women s probing theories As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love The true story of 19th century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.

    One thought on “Silent Sky”

    1. The play's heart is in the right place, focusing on the problems encountered by Henrietta Leavitt, whose pioneering research on the cephid stars played a crucial role in letting astronomers figure out the expanse of the universe. It's a familiar story to anyone who's studied women in science, and it should be told often. Problem with the play is it just isn't particularly well put together; the love story, the family story and the science story all belong there, but they're more nailed together [...]

    2. An interesting play that skips over a lot of the "boys are mean" scenes that one might expect. I enjoyed the characters and their relationships to each other as well as the humor. I was a bit distracted by how modern the dialogue sounded.

    3. This is the most beautiful play I've ever read, and everyone should read it. So many tears at the end, and a sense of the vastness of the universe and how tiny and fleeting we are.

    4. This is my first Lauren Gunderson thanks to inter-county library loans and it was everything I could’ve hoped. Dreamy and romantic and wry and evocative; those stage directions are killer and the dialogue is snappy. Something about it just makes you feel the vastness of the universe. I wasn’t totally enamoured of the addition of a (fictional, I think?) romantic plot but everything else was spot on that I’m happy to forgive a fiction that makes things a little more idyllic.

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