Springer Biographies

The Ascent of Mary Somerville in 19th Century Society

Authors: Strickland, Elisabetta

  • A fascinating study of the challenges facing a talented woman at the start of the 19th Century
  • Of equal interest to historians of mathematics, social scientists, and biography aficionados 
  • Gives interesting insights into the cultural differences across 19th Century Europe
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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.

About the authors

Elisabetta Strickland is full professor of Algebra at the Department of Mathematics of the University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata”. She was Deputy-President of the National Institute of Advanced Mathematics from 2007 to 2015. In 2014 she became a member of the Women in Mathematics Committee of the European Mathematical Society and, in 2015, President of the Central Committee for the promotion of equal opportunities, workers’ welfare and non-discrimination (CUG) of her University. She is also co-founder of the Gender Interuniversity Observatory GIO of the state Universities of Rome. She is the author of “Scienziate d’Italia”, Donzelli Ed. 2011. In 2013 the Capitoline Administration awarded her the Prize “Excellent Women in Rome”.

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“Mary Fairfax Somerville, a British woman also called ‘the Queen of Science,’ was the last representative of a category of scholars with a wide range of interests. … in this biography the author, the mathematician Elisabetta Strickland, emphasizes above all her familial and professional relationships. … This book is a pleasant and sliding reading, suitable especially for those who have no scientific basis.” (Gabriella Bernardi, Astrocom et al., astrocometal.blogspot.de, July, 2017)


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eBook $69.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Ascent of Mary Somerville in 19th Century Society
Authors
Series Title
Springer Biographies
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-49193-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-49193-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-49192-9
Series ISSN
2365-0613
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 102
Number of Illustrations and Tables
12 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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