Maria Mitchell: The Soul of an Astronomer

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Eerdmans Young Readers, 2004 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 137 pages
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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 ... Read full review

Contents

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
Copyright

Women Studying Together
85

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Page 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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