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Mary Somerville : science, illumination, and the female mind

Author: Kathryn A Neeley; Mary Somerville
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Series: Cambridge science biographies.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Annotation 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. Her scientific writings contributed to one of the most important cultural projects of Victorian Britain: establishing science as a distinct, integral, and unifying element of culture. By the time of her death,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Biografieën (vorm)
Biographies
Electronic book
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Neeley, Kathryn A. (Kathryn Angelyn), 1954-
Mary Somerville.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001
(DLC) 00049363
(OCoLC)45087243
Named Person: Mary Somerville; Mary Somerville; Mary Somerville
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kathryn A Neeley; Mary Somerville
ISBN: 0511019653 9780511019654 9780511156526 0511156529 0521622999 9780521622998 0521626722 9780521626729 9780511613326 0511613326
OCLC Number: 51299513
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 263 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Head among the stars, feet firm upon the earth: the problem of categorizing Mary Somerville --
Creating a room of her own in the world of science: how Mary Fairfax became the famous Mrs. Somerville --
Science as exact calculation and elevated meditation: Mechanism of the heavens (1931), Preliminary dissertation (1832), and On the connexion of the physical sciences (1834) --
The earth, the sea, the air, and their inhabitants: physical geography (1848) and On molecular and microscopic science (1869) --
Personal recollections (1973): Mary Somerville on Mary Somerville --
Memory and Mary Somerville: in the public eye and historical memory.
Series Title: Cambridge science biographies.
Responsibility: Kathryn A. Neeley.
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This book tells the life story of the leading woman of science in Great Britain during the nineteenth century and offers an in-depth analysis of the factors that allowed her to achieve prominence,  Read more...

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'Kathryn Neeley explores Somerville's unique position: she was accepted as an eminent scientist, but also celebrated for the way she conformed to Victorian norms of womanly behaviour.' The Lancet Read more...

 
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