Here's a bit about the book and event from a College of Charleston press release:
There will be a discussion, followed by a question and answer period, and book signing. This event is free and the public are cordially invited to attend.
Former New York Times science reporter Dava Sobel has earned great critical recognition for the books Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time and Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love. Both are highly unusual books that became international bestsellers.
Longitude is the true story of the quest to devise a reliable navigational instrument for sailors; Galileo's Daughter creates a unique portrait of the famous astronomer Galileo Galilei, using letters from his cloistered daughter as its foundation. On the strength of these two books, Entertainment Weekly contributor Gillian Flynn praised Sobel as "a writer who has reached through the brambled, layered detritus of hundreds of years, retrieved a forgotten clock maker and a lost daughter, and gently restored these strangers to all their joyful, proud, petulant, toothachy genuineness."
The event's free and open to the public.