from the Sun
by Michael J. Carlowicz &
Ramon E. Lopez
| It's summer time, with lots of sunshine to go around. Want to know more about
the star that makes life on Earth possible?
by Khan Amore
|This 641-page book is in the science fiction genre (my favorite), however, most
of it reads like an historical novel. It may not be for everyone and certainly not for the meek. As the author puts
it, "If there is anyone that the author has not offended, he hereby offers his sincerest apologies. It was never
his intent that anyone should feel left out."
Mitchell : A Life in Journals and Letters
by Henry Albers
| I haven't seen a copy of this book yet, however, based on the vast collection
of letters and journals left by Maria Mitchell, I would imagine it a very interesting and worthwhile read.
The Celestial Phenomenon That Changed the Course of History
|This book contains an account of Maria Mitchell's eclipse chase to Denver,
Colorado with her sister and some of her students from Vassar. Besides Maria, this is a great book to read about the
history and mystery surrounding one of nature's most intriguing spectacles.
the Telescope: A Guide for the Amateur Astronomer, Revised Edition
Patricia L. Barnes-Svarney, Michael R. Porcellino, ©2001
|This book is listed here because it has theWoman
Astronomer Web site listed (a first!) on page 267, though it is our old address. I've only thumbed
through the book and it seems to contain a lot of useful information for the beginning amateur astronomer. The reviews
on Amazon.com, however, are less than favorable.
Women in the Physical Sciences
by Benjamin F. Shearer & Barbara
Smith Shearer (Editors), ©2000
| There are 100 women listed and quite a few are women astronomers...even a few
I've personally had the pleasure to meet. Amazon.com has 23 sample pages for you to peruse before you buy, including a
Daughter : A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love
|A biography on one of astronomy's most distinguished forefathers. Galileo
Galilei's life story is told through the surviving letters he received from his oldest illegitimate child, Virginia.
She born in 1600 and was placed in a convent at the age of 13 where she took the name Suor Maria Celeste. Her father
described her as "a woman of exquisite mind, singular goodness, and most tenderly attached to me."
by Carl Sagan
|When I first read this book, I really enjoyed the story, though I thought the
characters were a little bland. I've since changed my opinion, in large part, because Jodie Foster's excellent
performance in the movie version. Get the VHS Contact
or the DVD Contact
to add to your video library.
Galaxies Dark Matters (Masters of Modern Physics)
by Vera C. Rubin
| Here is a collection of essays by one of today's most distinguished woman
astronomers. Rubin writes about galaxies, Mount Wilson, and "women's work."
Can Be a Woman Astronomer
by Andrea Mia Ghez
|This is a most charming book by a woman astronomer written for ages 9-12 and
shares what it takes to be a woman astronomer. In 1998, a CDROM was added and is offered in combination with the book:
Can Be A Woman Astronomer CDROM & book.
of Alexandria (Revealing Antiquity)
Maria Dzielska, F. Lyra (Translator)
| This was my main resource when I wrote "Hypatia of Alexandria: a woman
before her time" in the premiere issue (Summer 1997) of theWoman
Astronomer. It is a fascinating read based, in part, on surviving letters from Hypatia's
student Synesius of Cyrene.