Maria Mitchell: The Soul of an Astronomer

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Eerdmans Young Readers, 2004 - 137 páginas
In the mid-1800s, a turbulent time when women were often thought to be unworthy of higher education, Maria Mitchell rose above the prejudices of the day to become America's first professional woman astronomer. This exciting biography tells the story of Maria Mitchell's life, her amazing achievements, and her faith that saw God's handiwork in the heavens.

"Gormley successfully paints a picture of a world that failed to mold Mitchell to its standards, focusing on the telling details that bring the story to life. Inspiring and incisive." -- "Kirkus Reviews"

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One of those important pieces of history that somehow never made it into textbooks: the story of Maria Mitchell, a self-taught astronomer who discovered Comet Mitchell, served as an inspiring teacher ... Leer comentario completo

Contenido

A Devout Astronomer
1
A Quaker Family
13
A Temple of Knowledge
23
No Longer a Friend
35
Comet Mitchell
43
The Hardest Year
53
The World Beyond Nantucket
63
A Magnificent Enterprise
75
More than Astronomy
97
The Curtain That Hides the Infinite
113
My Sources for This Book
125
Suggestions for Further Reading
127
Acknowledgments
129
Image Credits
130
Index
132
Derechos de autor

Women Studying Together
85

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Página 14 - Soon as the evening shades prevail The moon takes up the wondrous tale, And nightly to the listening earth Repeats the story of her birth...
Página 54 - ... the dressmaker should no more be a universal character than the carpenter. Suppose every man should feel it is his duty to do his own mechanical work of all kinds, would society be benefited? would the work be well done? Yet a woman is expected to know how to do all kinds of sewing, all kinds of cooking, all kinds of any woman's work, and the consequence is that life is passed in learning these only, while the universe of truth beyond remains unentered.
Página 80 - It occurred to me that woman, having received from her Creator the same intellectual constitution as man, has the same right as man to intellectual culture and development.
Página 120 - ... round her burn, And all the planets in their turn, Confirm the tidings as they roll, And spread the truth from pole to pole. What though, in solemn silence, all Move round the dark terrestrial ball; What though no real voice nor sound Amid their radiant orbs be found ; In reason's ear they all rejoice, And utter forth a glorious voice ; Forever singing as they shine, The hand that made us is divine.
Página 59 - Recall my wandering fancies, and restrain The sore disquiet of a restless brain ; And, as the path of duty is made plain, May grace be given that I may walk therein, Not like the hireling, for his selfish gain, With backward glances and reluctant tread, Making a merit of his coward dread, But, cheerful, in the light around me thrown, Walking as one to pleasant service led ; Doing God's will as if it were my own, Yet trusting not in mine, but in His strength alone ! 1852.
Página 102 - Our faculty meetings always try me in this respect: we do things that other colleges have done before. We wait and ask for precedent. If the earth had waited for a precedent, it never would have turned on its axis!
Página 50 - August 23. It is really amusing to find one's self lionized in a city where one has visited quietly for years ; to see the doors of fashionable mansions open wide to receive you, which never opened before. I suspect that the whole corps of science laughs in its sleeves at the farce.
Página x - ... to certain midnight apparitions. The Aurora Borealis is always a pleasant companion ; a meteor seems to come like a messenger from departed spirits ; and the blossoming of trees in the moonlight becomes a sight looked for with pleasure. -' Aside from the study of astronomy, there is the same enjoyment in a night upon the housetop, with the stars, as in the midst of other grand scenery ; there is the same subdued quiet and grateful seriousness ; a calm to the troubled spirit, and a hope to the...

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