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Personal Recollections, from Early Life to Old Age, of Mary S... by Mary Somerville
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Feb 25, 11

bookshelves: class, history, memoir, science
Read from February 21 to 25, 2011

A really fascinating look at "The Queen of 18th Century Science". She's a little like Forest Gump in that she rubbed elbows with everyone of note during her 92 years. She offers some interesting insights to world events includng slavery, the unification of Italy and several wars as well as natural phenomena such as eclipses, comets, volcanic eruptions and the like.

It does not delve very deeply into her scientific work, though she does catalog the various books as she is working on them, as well as some of the numerous awards she received during her lifetime.

It is especially fascinating to me that she was more accepted by the men of her era than the women, and that more so in continental Europe than in her native UK.
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