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Maria Mitchell: The Soul of an Astronomer Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-07 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 5 user ratings
ISBN:0802852645
LANGUAGE:English

" I read the Young Adult version of this biography of the famous American astronomer and champion of women's education. Mitchell's background and life were extraordinary for her time (1818-1889). The easy read was enough to give me the highlights of her story. " said.

"An interesting read. Picked it up at the local library and finished it in one sitting albeit with a lot of skimming. Fascinating story about a trailblazing woman well before her time. Her tenacity and strength of character in the face of widespread criticism provides ample inspiration for anyone hoping to shake things up wherever they are. Maria Mitchell's intense spirituality unfettered by ideology or creed shines through in the way she approaches questions about truth and her dislike of forced belief. " said.

" This was a great biography. I would recommend it to any level of reader. I love learning new information! " said.

" If you're the biography type of person and like to learn just a ton of knowledge about people's lives, then you would enjoy this book. Its a little bit out of chronological order but you can understand her life time line. I personally think it was boring becuase it wasnt like an adventure book. But I did learn a lot about Maria Mitchell. " said.

"I doubt most people are familiar with the name of Maria Mitchell. Not only was she an avid astronomer but she also made discoveries. She came to her interest through her father who was also an astronomer. Though amateurs initially, both worked in the field doing computations which then led to recalibrating sextants. Maria worked as a librarian among other jobs before she was offered the opportunity to share her interests and skills with other young women by becoming a professor at the new Vassar College for women. She was very dedicated, not only to the field of astronomy, but also to her students. She challenged, encouraged and guided them. Maria Mitchell was highly respected in the field of astronomy; even as a woman she was taken seriously and many wanted to be sure she received credit for her work and discoveries. Maria's family were Quakers but being a scientist at heart she questioned many beliefs and practices, eventually leaving that group. Readers interested in the sciences, especially involving the heavens, will find this biography fascinating, especially considering that Maria was a woman living in the time she did. Her life will inspire other young students." said.

" Not quite done with this, but it's a spectacular book about a woman and her scholarship and contributions in the field of Astronomy. In fact, she was the first woman astronomer (like Rachel Carson was the first woman Marine Biologist). This book is very well written and engaging and also includes interesting historical information about Nantucket and Quakers. Highly recommend, especially to girls who want to pursue science as a career. " said.

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