10:00pm – Tuesday, August 28 on ABC1
American science writer Dava Sobel writes about the natural wonders of the world. Space, time, the stars and planets are her thing, and her special skill has been to make them a little less mysterious while retaining a sense of awe and amazement. She has won a number of major awards for her popular expositions of scientific topics.
From her first, wildly-successful Longitude – to her recent book on Copernicus, A More Perfect Heaven, concerning his revolutionary idea that the universe did not revolve around the earth, Sobel has turned writing about science into an art.
Jennifer Byrne spoke with Sobel while she was in Australia for the 2012 Sydney Writers Festival at the Mitchell Library.
Dava Sobel is the author of Longitude (1995), Galileo’s Daughter (1999), The Planets (2005) and A More Perfect Heaven (2011). In her 40 years as a science journalist Sobel has written for the New York Times and many magazines, including Audubon, Discover, Life and The New Yorker, served as a contributing editor to Harvard Magazine and Omni, and co-authored five books, including Is Anyone Out There? with astronomer Frank Drake.