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Somerville, Mary 1780-1872

Overview
Works: 169 works in 650 publications in 4 languages and 10,129 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Author, Translator, Honoree
Classifications: Q143.S7, B
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Mary Somerville : science, illumination, and the female mind by Kathryn A Neeley( )

11 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 2,522 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 )

84 editions published between 1834 and 2016 in English and held by 642 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 )

90 editions published between 1848 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 500 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
The connexion of the physical sciences by Mary Somerville( Book )

29 editions published between 1834 and 2000 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On molecular and microscopic science by Mary Somerville( Book )

13 editions published between 1869 and 1972 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mechanism of the heavens by Mary Somerville( Book )

17 editions published between 1831 and 2010 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Personal recollections, from early life to old age, of Mary Somerville : with selections from her correspondence by Mary Somerville( Book )

35 editions published between 1873 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 117 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
A preliminary dissertation on the mechanism of the heavens by Mary Somerville( Book )

3 editions published in 1832 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Physische Geographie by Mary Somerville( Book )

5 editions published in 1851 in Undetermined and German and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

9 editions published in 1835 in German and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collected works of Mary Somerville by Mary Somerville( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Physical geography volume 2 by Mary Somerville( )

4 editions published between 1848 and 2012 in English and held by 23 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 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 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geografia fisica by Mary Somerville( Book )

6 editions published between 1856 and 1868 in Italian and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On molecular and microscopic science by Mary Somerville( Book )

13 editions published between 1869 and 2010 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the connection of the physical sciences / by Mary Somerville by Mary Somerville( )

2 editions published between 1846 and 1858 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[Physical Geography. Fourth edition ... revised. With a portrait.] by Mary Somerville( Book )

8 editions published between 1858 and 2011 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De la connexion des sciences physiques. : Ou, Exposé simple et rapide de tous les phénomènes astronomiques, physiques ... by Mary Somerville( Book )

7 editions published between 1837 and 1857 in French and held by 13 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 age, of Mary Somerville : with selections from her correspondenceCollected works of Mary SomervillePhysical geography volume 2Mary Somerville and the cultivation of science, 1815-1840
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 matemática, astrónoma y científica escocesa autodidacta

Mary Somerville matematica scozzese

Mary Somerville schottische Astronomin und Mathematikerin

Mary Somerville Science writer and polymath

Mary Somerville skotská astronomka a matematička

Mary Sommerville

Meri Somervill

Somerville 1780-1872 Mrs

Somerville, Maria 1780-1872

Somerville, Mary

Somerville, Mary 1780-1872

Somerville, Mary Fairfax.

Somerville, Mary Fairfax 1780-1872

Somerville, Mrs (Mary), 1780-1872

Sommerville, Maria 1780-1872

Мери Самървил

Мери Сомервил шкотски астроном и полихистор

Мері Сомервілль

Сомервилль, Мэри

מרי סומרוויל מדענית סקוטית

ماري سوميرفيل

ماری سومروایل ستاره‌شناس، ریاضی‌دان، زبان‌شناس، و مترجم بریتانیایی

மேரி சோமர்வில்லி

മേരി സമർവിൽ

メアリー・サマヴィル

玛丽·费尔法克斯·萨默维尔

Languages
English (423)

German (12)

French (10)

Italian (6)