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An evening with science writer Dava Sobel

October 6, 2011

Best-selling science writer Dava Sobel will be speaking in Fort Collins at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Hilton Fort Collins.

The event is free and open to the public – no tickets are required. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and seating will be on a first come, first served basis. A book signing and sales will follow the program.

A More Perfect Heaven

Sobel, author of Longitude and Galleo’s Daughter, will be talking about her latest book, A More Perfect Heaven, in which she realizes her long-standing dream to write a play about Nicolaus Copernicus.

"And the Sun Stood Still," the centerpiece of my new book, dramatizes the events that convinced Copernicus to publish his "crazy" ideas concerning the Earth’s motion. The nonfiction narrative surrounding the play tells the facts of his life story and traces the impact of his seminal book, On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, to the present day.

Solving one of the most perplexing problems of history

Sobel's Longitude tells the story of how 18th-century scientist and clockmaker William Harrison solved one of the most perplexing problems of history—determining east-west location at sea. This lush, colorfully illustrated edition adds lots of pictures to the story, giving readers a more satisfying sense of the times, the players, and the puzzle. This was no obscure, curious difficulty—without longitude, ships often found themselves so far off course that sailors would starve or die of scurvy before they could reach port. When a nationally-sponsored contest offered a hefty cash prize to the person who could develop a method to accurately Dava Sobeldetermine longitude, the race was on. In the end, the battle of accuracy—and wills—fought between Harrison and arch-rival Maskelyne was ruthless and dramatic, worthy of a Hollywood feature film. Longitude's story is surprising and fascinating, offering a window into the past, before Global Positioning Satellites made it look easy.

About Dava Sobel

For more information about the author and her books, visit:

Series of free author evenings

This is part of a series of free author evenings presented by sponsored by Friends of the CSU Libraries the Poudre River Friends of the Library, and sponsored by KUNC Radio and the Hilton Fort Collins.

Contact: Jane Barber
Phone: (970) 491-5712