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'Galileo's Daughter' author to speak, March 14

Dava Sobel, author of an award-winning book on early scientist Galileo Galilei, will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in A02 McDonnell Hall.

She will discuss "Galileo: Working Scientist," describing how Galileo faced many of the same problems familiar to modern researchers, including finding sources of funding, assuring patent protection, achieving technology transfer and responding to pressure to publish.

Sobel, a former New York Times science reporter, is the author of "Galileo's Daughter." The book is based on 124 surviving letters from Galileo to his eldest child. It won the 1999 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for science and technology and was a finalist for the 2000 Pulitzer Prize in biography. A second book, "Letters for Father," containing the full text of the correspondence, was published last fall.

Sobel also wrote the 1995 book "Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time." The book tells the story of John Harrison and his 40-year quest to build a clock that would keep precise time at sea.

Sobel has received several awards from scientific organizations for contributing toward the public understanding of science. Her talk is designated as the Donald Ross Hamilton Lecture and is being sponsored by the Department of Physics .

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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