Queen Of Science: Personal Recollections of Mary Somerville (Canongate Classics)

Queen Of Science Personal Recollections of Mary Somerville Canongate Classics Edited and introduced by Dorothy McMillan Born in Jedburgh in Mary Fairfax was the daughter of one of Nelson s captains and in common with most girls of her time and station she was given the k

  • Title: Queen Of Science: Personal Recollections of Mary Somerville (Canongate Classics)
  • Author: Mary Somerville
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  • Page: 248
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  • Queen Of Science: Personal Recollections of Mary Somerville (Canongate Classics)

    Edited and introduced by Dorothy McMillan.Born in Jedburgh in 1780, Mary Fairfax was the daughter of one of Nelson s captains, and in common with most girls of her time and station she was given the kind of education which prizes gentility over ability Nevertheless, she taught herself algebra in secret, and made her reputation in celestial mechanics with her 1831 translatEdited and introduced by Dorothy McMillan.Born in Jedburgh in 1780, Mary Fairfax was the daughter of one of Nelson s captains, and in common with most girls of her time and station she was given the kind of education which prizes gentility over ability Nevertheless, she taught herself algebra in secret, and made her reputation in celestial mechanics with her 1831 translation of Laplace s M canique c leste as The Mechanism of the Heavens.As she was equally interested in art, literature and nature Somerville s lively memoirs give a fascinating picture of her life and times from childhood in Burntisland to international recognition and retirement in Naples She tells of her friendship with Maria Edgeworth and of her encounters with Scott and Feni Cooper She remembers comets and eclipses, high society in London and Paris, Charles Babbage and his calculating engine, 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 most gifted mathematicians and scientists of the nineteenth century Oxford s Somerville College was named after her, and the present volume, re edited by Dorothy McMillan, draws on manuscripts owned by the college and offers the first unexpurgated edition of these revelatory writings.

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    1. Raj

      I'm finding it difficult to sum this book up. Despite the author being intimately familiar with science, particularly maths and astronomy, this very definitely isn't a science book. It doesn't even really talk very much about the difficulties Somerville faced in her studies and in being accepted in the scientific world, despite an unsympathetic family and first husband in her youth.What it is, is a very interesting portrait of a fairly well-to-do British family in the 18th and 19th centuries. Th [...]

    2. Helen McClory

      Hard to give a star rating to someone's personal musings on their long life. A woman of her time as well as ahead of it, Somerville taught herself algebra (to her family and first husband's consternation), created books meant to share knowledge of the opening fields of astronomy, maths, geography and so on, witnessed history taking place in Italy, sent maths advice to Ada Lovelace, supported laws protecting animals from cruelty, was in later life a suffragette - but was at the same time a horrib [...]

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