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Somerville, Mary 1780-1872

Overview
Works: 187 works in 702 publications in 3 languages and 11,252 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  Personal correspondence  Autobiographies  Records and correspondence  History 
Roles: Author, Translator, Other, Creator, Honoree
Classifications: Q143.S7, B
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Mary Somerville : science, illumination, and the female mind by Kathryn A Neeley( )

12 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 2,809 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In an era when science was perceived as a male domain, Mary Somerville (1780-1872). became both the leading woman scientist of her day and an integral part of the British scientific community. She achieved this status through careful management of her gender identity and by creating rich, readable, and authoritative accounts of science that were rhetorically compelling, aesthetically satisfying, and valuable to the scientific community in the UK and abroad. This biography offers detailed analysis of the underlying patterns, themes, and rhetorical strategies of her major works and argues that Somerville employed a transcendent feminine style that retained the advantages but transcended the limitations usually associated with women's ways of knowing. The book advocates a new narrative for women's participation in science and demonstrates the many ways that gender relates to science and science functions in culture
On the connexion of the physical sciences by Mary Somerville( Book )

87 editions published between 1834 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mary Somerville (1780-1872) would have been a remarkable woman in any age, but as an acknowledged leading mathematician and astronomer at a time when the education of most women was extremely restricted, her achievement was extraordinary. Laplace famously told her that 'There have been only three women who have understood me. These are yourself, Mrs Somerville, Caroline Herschel and a Mrs Greig of whom I know nothing.' Mary Somerville was in fact Mrs Greig. After (as she herself said) translating Laplace's work 'from algebra into common language', she wrote On the Connexion of the Physical Sciences (1834). Her intention was to demonstrate the remarkable tendency of modern scientific discoveries 'to simplify the laws of nature, and to unite detached branches by general principles.' This and her next book, the two-volume Physical Geography, also reissued in this series, were enormously influential both within the scientific community and beyond
Physical geography by Mary Somerville( Book )

84 editions published between 1848 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mary Somerville (1780-1872) would have been a remarkable woman in any age, but as an acknowledged leading mathematician and astronomer at a time when the education of most women was extremely restricted, her achievement was extraordinary. Laplace famously told her that 'There have been only three women who have understood me. These are yourself, Mrs Somerville, Caroline Herschel and a Mrs Greig of whom I know nothing.' Mary Somerville was in fact Mrs Greig. After (as she herself said) translating Laplace's work 'from algebra into common language', she wrote On the Connexion of the Physical Sciences (1834), also reissued in this series. Her next book, the two-volume Physical Geography (1848), was a synthesis of geography, geology, botany, astronomy and zoology, drawing on the most recent discoveries in all these fields to present an overview of current understanding of the natural world and the Earth's place in the universe
On molecular and microscopic science by Mary Somerville( Book )

13 editions published between 1869 and 1972 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The connexion of the physical sciences by Mary Somerville( Book )

32 editions published between 1834 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mechanism of the heavens by Mary Somerville( Book )

22 editions published between 1831 and 2015 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Personal recollections from early life to old age by Mary Somerville( )

15 editions published between 1873 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These Personal Recollections contain the memoirs and a selection of the correspondence of the nineteenth-century polymath Mary Somerville (1780-1872). The book was first published in 1873, a year after Mary's death, by her daughter Martha, who wrote brief introductions to the text. Mary Somerville is best known for her pioneering scientific publications which include her translation of Laplace's Mécanique Céleste (1831: also resissued in this series); On the Connection of the Physical Sciences (1834); Physical Geography (1848); and On Molecular and Microscopic Science (1869). Through these publications, Somerville made a lasting contribution to the dissemination of scientific knowledge. Somerville's correspondence deals primarily with her public life, while the memoirs offer insight into her private sphere: the discouragement she faced in pursuit of learning; her passion for women's education and suffrage; family life; and personal faith. Her story is compelling, and her experiences may resonate with many women today
Personal recollections, from early life to old age, of Mary Somerville : with selections from her correspondence by Mary Somerville( Book )

29 editions published between 1873 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Physical geography. By Mary Somerville by Mary Somerville( Book )

3 editions published between 1853 and 1856 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A preliminary dissertation on the mechanism of the heavens by Mary Somerville( Book )

4 editions published between 1831 and 1832 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Physical geography by Mary Somerville( )

8 editions published between 1848 and 2012 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mary Somerville (1780-1872) would have been a remarkable woman in any age, but as an acknowledged leading mathematician and astronomer at a time when the education of most women was extremely restricted, her achievement was extraordinary. Laplace famously told her that 'There have been only three women who have understood me. These are yourself, Mrs Somerville, Caroline Herschel and a Mrs Greig of whom I know nothing.' Mary Somerville was in fact Mrs Greig. After (as she herself said) translating Laplace's work 'from algebra into common language', she wrote On the Connexion of the Physical Sciences (1834), also reissued in this series. Her next book, the two-volume Physical Geography (1848), was a synthesis of geography, geology, botany, astronomy and zoology, drawing on the most recent discoveries in all these fields to present an overview of current understanding of the natural world and the Earth's place in the universe
Collected works of Mary Somerville by Mary Somerville( Book )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ueberblick der physikalischen Wissenschaften : in ihrem Zusammenhänge by Mary Somerville( Book )

9 editions published in 1835 in German and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Physische Geographie by Mary Somerville( Book )

5 editions published in 1851 in Undetermined and German and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Physical geography. vol. 1 by Mary Somerville( )

7 editions published between 1848 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mary Somerville (1780-1872) would have been a remarkable woman in any age, but as an acknowledged leading mathematician and astronomer at a time when the education of most women was extremely restricted, her achievement was extraordinary. Laplace famously told her that 'There have been only three women who have understood me. These are yourself, Mrs Somerville, Caroline Herschel and a Mrs Greig of whom I know nothing.' Mary Somerville was in fact Mrs Greig. After (as she herself said) translating Laplace's work 'from algebra into common language', she wrote On the Connexion of the Physical Sciences (1834), also reissued in this series. Her next book, the two-volume Physical Geography (1848), was a synthesis of geography, geology, botany, astronomy and zoology, drawing on the most recent discoveries in all these fields to present an overview of current understanding of the natural world and the Earth's place in the universe
Queen of science : personal recollections of Mary Somerville by Mary Somerville( )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complete memoirs of the 19th century scientist, public intellectual, and first female member of the Royal Astronomical Society. Born in Jedburgh in 1780, Mary Fairfax was the daughter of a captain in Lord Nelson's navy. In common with most girls of her time and station, she received an education that prized gentility over ability. Nevertheless, she taught herself algebra in secret, and made her reputation in celestial mechanics with her 1831 translation of Laplace's Mecanique celeste as The Mechanism of the Heavens. A brilliant polymath with interests in art, literature and nature, Somerville's memoirs give a fascinating picture of her life and times from childhood in Burntisland to international recognition and retirement in Naples. She recounts memories of comets and eclipses, high society in London and Paris, Charles Babbage and his calculating engine, encounters with Sir Walter Scott and Fenimore Cooper, the Risorgimento in Italy and the eruption of Vesuvius. Selected by her daughter and first published in 1973, these are the memoirs of a remarkable woman who became one of the nineteenth century's most accomplished mathematicians and scientists. Oxford's Somerville College was named after her, and the present volume, re-edited by Dorothy McMillan, draws on manuscripts owned by the college, offering the first unexpurgated edition of these revelatory writings
On molecular and microscopic science by Mary Somerville( Book )

15 editions published between 1869 and 2019 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the magnetising power of the more refrangible rays of light by Mary Somerville( Book )

3 editions published between 1826 and 1977 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geografia fisica by Mary Somerville( Book )

6 editions published between 1856 and 1868 in Italian and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Mary Somerville : science, illumination, and the female mind
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On the connexion of the physical sciencesPhysical geographyMechanism of the heavensPersonal recollections from early life to old agePersonal recollections, from early life to old age, of Mary Somerville : with selections from her correspondencePhysical geographyCollected works of Mary SomervillePhysical geography. vol. 1Queen of science : personal recollections of Mary Somerville
Alternative Names
Fairfax, Mary

Fairfax Mary 1780-1872

Greig, Mary

Greig, Mary 1780-1872

Mary Fairfax Somerville

Mary Somerville

Mary Somerville Brits wiskundige

Mary Somerville matematica scozzese

Mary Somerville Matemática y divulgadora científica

Mary Somerville mathématicienne, scientifique

Mary Somerville schottische Astronomin und Mathematikerin

Mary Somerville Science writer and polymath

Mary Somerville shkencëtare

Mary Somerville Skotaj scienca verkistino kaj astronomino

Mary Somerville skotlantilainen matemaatikko

Mary Somerville skotská astronomka a matematička

Mary Sommerville

Meri Somervill

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Somerville, Maria 1780-1872

Somerville, Mary

Somerville, Mary 1780-1872

Somerville, Mary Fairfax.

Somerville, Mary Fairfax 1780-1872

Somerville, Mrs. (Mary)

Somerville, Mrs (Mary), 1780-1872

Sommerville, Maria 1780-1872

Μαίρη Σόμερβιλ

Мери Самървил шотландска писателка

Мери Сомервил шкотски астроном и полихистор

Мері Сомервілль

Сомервилль, Мэри

מרי סומרוויל מדענית סקוטית

ماري سمرفيل

ماري سوميرفيل

ماری سومروایل ستاره‌شناس، ریاضی‌دان، زبان‌شناس، و مترجم بریتانیایی

মেরি সোমারভিল

மேரி சோமர்வில்லி

മേരി സമർവിൽ

მერი სომერვილი

メアリー・サマヴィル

メアリー・サマヴィル スコットランドの女性サイエンスライター

玛丽·费尔法克斯·萨默维尔

Languages
English (446)

German (13)

Italian (6)