How 'A Wrinkle in Time' changed the universe for one young scientist

Fifty years ago, a book came out that lit up the sky.

For generations of young women, “A Wrinkle in Time” was a chance to see themselves represented in science, math, and space itself. Emily Levesque was one of them.

Her fascination with the cosmos led her to discover the three largest stars in the known universe when she was just a junior in college. Now an astronomy professor at the University of Washington, she joined Bill Radke to discuss how the book factored into that stellar discovery, and reinforced a message of being true to oneself.

Levesque speaks about “A Wrinkle in Time” in greater detail on the pilot episode of “The Deep,” a podcast about the childhood books where we found inspiration.