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Personal Recollections, from Early Life to Old Age : With Selections from her Correspondence - Mary Somerville

Personal Recollections, from Early Life to Old Age

With Selections from her Correspondence


Published: 27th May 2010
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These Personal Recollections contain the memoirs and a selection of the correspondence of the nineteenth-century polymath Mary Somerville (1780-1872). The book was first published in 1873, a year after Mary's death, by her daughter Martha, who wrote brief introductions to the text. Mary Somerville is best known for her pioneering scientific publications which include her translation of Laplace's Mecanique Celeste (1831: also resissued in this series); On the Connection of the Physical Sciences (1834); Physical Geography (1848); and On Molecular and Microscopic Science (1869). Through these publications, Somerville made a lasting contribution to the dissemination of scientific knowledge. Somerville's correspondence deals primarily with her public life, while the memoirs offer insight into her private sphere: the discouragement she faced in pursuit of learning; her passion for women's education and suffrage; family life; and personal faith. Her story is compelling, and her experiences may resonate with many women today.

1. Introduction; 2. Freedom; 3. Edinburgh; 4. Edinburgh supper parties; 5. First marriage; 6. Somerville family; 7. Life in Hanover Square; 8. Education of daughters; 9. Society in London; 10. Death of Margaret Somerville; 11. Letter from Lord Brougham; 12. Paris; 13. Return to England; 14. Rome, Napes, and Como; 15. Albano; 16. Publishes 'Physical Geography'; 17. Spezia; 18. Eclipse.

ISBN: 9781108013659
ISBN-10: 1108013651
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Physical Sciences
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 27th May 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.5