Books Dava Sobel Books by Dava Sobel Dava Sobel has written books about: Nonfiction Science & Health History & Society Biography & Memoir Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Dava Sobel The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books 'Hidden Figures,' 'The Glass Universe,' And Why Science Needs History December 18, 2016 Women's contributions to scientific progress are often ignored — but two new books, Dava Sobel's The Glass Universe and Margot Lee Shetterly's Hidden Figures are out to remedy that oversight. NPR Books NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2016's Great Reads December 6, 2016 The Book Concierge is back and bigger than ever! Explore more than 300 standout titles picked by NPR staff and critics. Book Reviews Women Astronomers Shine In 'The Glass Universe' December 4, 2016 Dava Sobel's new book is a history of the unheralded women — called computers, rather than astronomers — who worked at the Harvard College Observatory, studying, cataloging and classifying stars. New In Paperback Game Changers For Astronomy, War Writing And Public Health October 22, 2012 Novelist Jodi Picoult explores life and death, while oncologist David Agus models new health practices, virologist Nathan Wolfe tracks emerging diseases, Dava Sobel reflects on Copernicus, and Charles Shields looks at novelist Kurt Vonnegut. Nicolaus Copernicus made the astounding claim that Earth revolves around the sun, not the other way around. He's seen here circa 1515. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Hulton Archive/Getty Images Science For Copernicus, A 'Perfect Heaven' Put Sun At The Center November 8, 2011 In 1543, when Nicolaus Copernicus made the astounding claim that Earth revolves around the sun, not the other way around, his ideas were met with scorn. "It went against everything that your senses tell you. It went against common sense," says author Dava Sobel, who wrote a new book about the astronomer. For Copernicus, A 'Perfect Heaven' Put Sun At Center Listen · 4:44 4:44 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/141931239/142123482" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Music Galileo's Letters Inspire a Musical Tribute May 20, 2006 The life of Renaissance astronomer Galileo Galilei has inspired a musical work. "The Starry Messenger," composed by Glenn McClure, debuts Saturday night in upstate New York. The project was inspired by Dava Sobel's book Galileo's Daughter. Galileo's Letters Inspire a Musical Tribute Only Available in Archive Formats. Real Media Windows A Time to Read: Alan Cheuse's Holiday List December 12, 2005 Time to read during the holidays, away from school and work, is a gift you give yourself, author and book critic Alan Cheuse says. His suggested list of 2005 holiday gifts includes tales of space, dinosaurs, music and a mystical poet. A Time to Read: Alan Cheuse's Holiday List Listen Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/5005659/5049374" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Excerpt: 'The Planets' December 12, 2005 "Dava Sobel's new collection of essays is delightful and idiosyncratic," says book critic Alan Cheuse in his annual holiday roundup for All Things Considered.