Miss Leavitt's Stars

The Untold Story of the Woman
Who Discovered How to Measure the Universe

Interview on "All Things Considered"

Reviewed in The New York Times by Simon Singh

Best Nonfiction Books of the Year, Christian Science Monitor

Reviewed in The Economist

Top 10 Astronomy Books of 2005, About.com

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"An elegant and absorbing account of a signal event
in humanity's discovery of the deeper cosmos."
-- Timothy Ferris

"[George Johnson's] grace in bringing her to life is matched by his lucidity in explaining difficult scientific concepts. Unfortunate in life, Miss Leavitt is very fortunate in her biographer."
-- Scientific American

"A short, excellent account of Leavitt's extraordinary life and achievements, reminding us of one of astronomy's forgotten heroes." -- Times Higher Education Supplement (London)

"The history of astronomical measurement may not sound like a scintillating subject, but George Johnson imbues it with dramatic urgency and pathos."
-- The Telegraph (London)

"In a book of rare human and astronomic fascination, Johnson gives a brilliant woman her due place in the scientific firmament."
-- The Times (London)

"George Johnson reconstructs the course of this brilliant woman's life . . . [and] tells her story with elegance and sensitivity."
-- Vera Rubin, Science

"Johnson paints a luminous portrait . . . and shows how her patient work sparked an explosion of astronomical creativity."
-- Laurence Marschall, Discover


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