August 22, 2012

Dava Sobel On Copernicus

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Those of us who struggled to comprehend the study of science appreciate Dava Sobel's unique gift – she brings science to life. Her latest book, A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos is a perfect example.

Copernicus has always fascinated and inspired those who wonder about the universe. He is a perfect subject for Sobel, whose writing talent and scholarship have turned the history of developing science into fascinating best sellers; Galileo's Daughter, Longitude, and The Planets.

Sobel was reared in the Bronx and graduated from the prestigious Bronx School Of Science. "Many more people wrote to say they'd enjoyed reading the book, and quite a few asked questions that the story had raised in their minds," she said of her most recent book.

On Saturday at the Amagansett Library Sobel will discuss Copernicus, a story filled with intrigue, personalities and coincidence that brings to life the fascinating, often perilous way, truth eventually survives ignorance. Reservations are suggested, as space is limited.

Sobel received the 2001 Individual Public Service Award from the National Science Board, "for fostering awareness of science and technology among broad segments of the general public." Also in 2001, the Boston Museum of Science gave her its prestigious Bradford Washburn Award for her "outstanding contribution toward public understanding of science, appreciation of its fascination, and the vital role it plays in all our lives." In 2008 the Astronomical Society of the Pacific gave her its Klumpke-Roberts Award for "increasing the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy."

This event is free and open to the public. For more information: 631-267-3810. The event, which begins at 6 PM, is part of the library's "Authors After Hours Series."

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