Dava Sobel

New York Times Bestselling Author

Copernicus' Search for
A More Perfect Heaven

Thursday October 3, 2013 — 7:00pm

Storer Auditorium
UM School of Business Administration
5250 University Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

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By 1514, Nicolaus Copernicus had written an initial outline of his heliocentric theory. Over the next two decades, Copernicus expanded his theory, while compiling a manuscript that fearing ridicule, he refused to publish. In 1539, a young German mathematician, Georg Joachim Rheticus, traveled to Poland to seek out Copernicus. Two years later, the Protestant youth took leave of his aging Catholic mentor and arranged to have Copernicus’ manuscript published, in 1543, as De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres). Dava Sobel chronicles the conflicting personalities and extraordinary discoveries that shaped the Copernican Revolution, presenting an unforgettable portrait of scientific achievement, and of the ever-present tensions between science and faith.

“The book is first rate…A More Perfect Heaven is a charming and accurate book...”
—Owen Gingerich, Nature

“Lively, inventive…a masterly specimen of close-range cultural history. Ms. Sobel certainly brings Copernicus to life, perhaps better
than any other author.”
The Wall Street Journal

Dava Sobel is the author of Longitude (1995), Galileo’s Daughter (1999), The Planets (2005), and A More Perfect Heaven (2011). She is currently the Joan Leiman Jacobson Writer-in-Residence at Smith College. Ms. Sobel is the recipient of many awards: the Individual Public Service Award from the National Science Board, the Boston Museum of Science Bradford Washburn Award, the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for science and technology, and the Christopher Award. Galileo’s Daughter, which was the #1 New York Times nonfiction bestseller for five weeks, was a finalist for the 2000 Pulitzer Prize in biography. “NOVA” (PBS) produced a documentary based on Longitude; Granada Films created a dramatic version, starring Jeremy Irons and Michael Gambon. A “NOVA” documentary based on Galileo’s Daughter won an Emmy in historical programming. Ms. Sobel has appeared on NPR programs “All Things Considered,” “Fresh Air,” and “The Diane Rheem Show,” as well as C-SPAN’s “Booknotes” and TODAY on NBC.

Open to the Public
Free of Charge

 LUNCH Seminar for Humanities Faculty and Graduate Students

Friday, October 4, 2013 — 12:00pm
CAS Gallery

Panelists will include: Stanford Distinguished Professor Dava Sobel; Guido Ruggiero, Professor of History; Frank Palmeri, Professor of English; and Maria Stampino, Professor of Italian

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