Mary Somerville: Science, Illumination, and the Female Mind
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, Somerville had achieved near-mythic status in Britain. Her works reflect both the power of science to capture imagination and the influence of cultural factors in the development of science. They provide a window into a particularly lucid and illuminated mind and into one of the most formative periods in the evolution of modern scientific culture. This retelling of Somerville's story focuses on the factors that allowed her to become an eminent scientist and argues for rethinking the story of women's participation in science.
Perceiving What Others Do Not Perceive The Peculiar Illumination of the Female Mind
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 1831 Preliminary Dissertation 1832 and On the Connexion of the P...
The Earth the Sea the Air and Their Inhabitants Physical Geography 1848 and On Molecular and Microscopic Science 1869
Mary Somerville on Mary Somerville Personal Recollections 1873
ability accomplishments achieved activity aesthetic animals appear associated become believe called career century changes College connection Connexion created culture David Brewster demonstrates describes developed discoveries discussion Dissertation early earth especially established example existence experience female feminine forces gender give given heavens helped Herschel human ideas imagination important included intellectual interesting interpretive Italy John kind knowledge Laplace learned less letter light limited living Mary Somerville mathematics matter Mechanism Microscopic mind move nature never notion observations offered original particular passage Personal Recollections phenomena Physical Geography played position Preliminary present published reader referred reflected revealed role says scientific scientist seems sense significant social Society Somerville's space story sublime success suggests themes things tion universe Whewell woman women writing