Conference. The Glass Universe. The history of Harvard women who brought us closer to the stars. March 5, 2019

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The Glass Universe: The history of Harvard women who brought us closer to the stars by Dava Sobel, a reporter, writer and American scientific disseminator. Free access with previous registration, will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 in the Santiago Grisolía Auditorium of the Museum of Sciences from 7:00 p.m.
Conference. The Glass Universe. The history of Harvard women who brought us closer to the stars. March 5, 2019

In the mid-nineteenth century, the Harvard Observatory began to employ women as calculators or "human computers" to interpret the observations that their male counterparts performed by telescope every night. Initially this group included the wives, sisters and daughters of the resident astronomers, but soon included graduates of the new women's colleges Vassar, Wellesley and Smith. As photography transformed the practice of astronomy, the ladies went from computing to studying the stars captured on glass photographic plates.

This conference is part of "Els Debats del Magnànim" of the Institució Alfons el Magnànim and will be presented by Vicent J. Martínez, Professor of Astronomy of the University of Valencia and director of the Institute of Physical-Natural Sciences of the Institució Alfons el Magnànim.

The conference will be given in English with simultaneous translation.

Free access prior registration. Registration until 2:00 pm on the day of the conference

Program:
6:30 pm: accreditations
7:00 pm: conference at the Santiago Grisolía auditorium
8:00 pm: end of the conference and start of the conference
8:30 pm: end of the activity