Mary Fairfax Greig Somerville

1780 - 1872

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Mary Somerville wrote many works which influenced Maxwell. Her discussion of a hypothetical planet perturbing Uranus led Adams to his investigation. Somerville College in Oxford was named after her.
Full MacTutor biography [Version for printing]

List of References (13 books/articles)

A Quotation

A Poster of Mary Somerville

Mathematicians born in the same country

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Additional Material in MacTutor

  1. Somerville's American connections
  2. Somerville's Booklist
  3. Somerville's House in Burntisland
  4. Dubreil-Jacotin on Mary Somerville
  5. Recollections of Mary Somerville
  6. Obituary: The Times

Honours awarded to Mary Somerville
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Lunar featuresCrater Somerville


Other Web sites
  1. Astroseti (A Spanish translation of this biography)
  2. Agnes Scott College
  1. Virginia Tech
  2. Malaspina (an e-text of The Mechanism of the Heavens)

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