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Galileo's Daughter: An Evening with Dava Sobel

A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Join us for an evening with renowned science writer Dava Sobel that will elucidate science and our lives. Sobel is the author of the best-selling Galileo’s Daughter, based on the surviving letters between Galileo and his eldest daughter. The correspondence explores science and family life, simultaneously humanizing Galileo and revealing his daughter’s brilliance.

Galileo profoundly altered the way we understand our world. While he was discovering the vastness of the universe, his daughters were cloistered as nuns. His correspondence about science and family life with his eldest daughter simultaneously humanizes Galileo, showing the fatherly side of the scientific giant, and reveals his daughter’s shimmering brilliance. Renowned science writer Dava Sobel authored the best-selling Galileo’s Daughter based on the surviving letters. Galileo’s Daughter, which is featured on President Nikias’s 2013 summer reading list, won the 1999 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for science and technology and a 2000 Christopher Award. It was a finalist for the 2000 Pulitzer Prize in biography. Join us for a very special evening with Dava Sobel that will elucidate science and our lives.

A former New York Times science reporter and the author of LongitudeThe Planetsand A More Perfect Heaven, Sobel received the National Science Board’s Individual Public Service Award and the Boston Museum of Science’s prestigious Bradford Washburn Award. In her 40 years as a science journalist she has written for many magazines, including AudubonDiscoverLife and The New Yorker; served as a contributing editor to Harvard Magazine and Omni; and co-authored five books, including Is Anyone Out There? with astronomer Frank Drake. Sobel has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution, The Explorers Club, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the New York Public Library, the Hayden Planetarium, the Royal Geographical Society in London and the American Academy in Rome. She has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio programs, including All Things ConsideredFresh Air and The Diane Rehm Show. Her television appearances include C-SPAN’s Booknotes and NBC’s TODAY.

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