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

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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 translat
Kindle Edition, 196 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Canongate Books (first published June 23rd 2001)
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Dec 04, 2016 Raj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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 ...more
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Mary Fairfax Somerville was a Scottish science writer and polymath, at a time when women's participation in science was discouraged. She studied mathematics and astronomy, and was nominated to be jointly the first female member of the Royal Astronomical Society at the same time as Caroline Herschel.
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