Behind Every Great Man….

Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith,and Love Dava Sobel daughter

Product of an oral culture, I tend to think in terms of stories. But I’m also a science geek. So it’s a little ironic that with a lot of science I know the concepts, I’m just vague on the story. That includes the story of the first of the great moderns, Galileo Galilei.

Dava Sobel‘s book is a splendid way to get the Galileo story in one easy read. Sobel penned Longitudeand if you didn’t think it was possible to get a book out of what is essentially the story of clocks, you Continue reading


The Great Antidote

The Best American Science Writing 2004
Dava Sobel, Editor; Jesse Cohen, Series Editor

In high school I was a certified nerd: slide rule, binder, TI some-number-or-other in hand, 90+ on all four science Regents. Science remains a fascination and the rigor I learned is important as I read the social science and business literature where it often goes wanting. So it’s a little troubling that there’s so little of it in these virtual pages.

Part of the problem is that I am, by nature, a generalist. The history of science is populated with Continue reading