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The Ascent of Mary Somerville in 19th Century Society

  • Elisabetta¬†Strickland

Part of the Springer Biographies book series (SPRINGERBIOGS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Elisabetta Strickland
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  3. Elisabetta Strickland
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  4. Elisabetta Strickland
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  5. Elisabetta Strickland
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  6. Elisabetta Strickland
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  7. Elisabetta Strickland
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  13. Elisabetta Strickland
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  14. Elisabetta Strickland
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  15. Back Matter
    Pages 81-102

About this book

Introduction

This biography traces the life and work of Mary Fairfax Somerville, whose extraordinary mathematical talent only came to light through fortuitous circumstances. Barely taught to read and write as a child, all the science she learned and mastered was self taught. In this delightful narrative the author takes up the challenge of discovering how Somerville came to be one of the most outstanding British women scientists and, furthermore, a popular writer. Particular attention is paid to the gender aspects of Somerville's success in what was, to put it mildly, a predominantly male domain.

Keywords

Mary Somerville biography Women in mathematics Women in astronomy Women in science Gender issues in the history of science Women's studies in mathematics 19th Century Mathematics

Authors and affiliations

  • Elisabetta¬†Strickland
    • 1
  1. 1.Università di Roma Tor Vergata RomaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49193-6
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-49192-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-49193-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2365-0613
  • Series Online ISSN 2365-0621
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