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Mary Somerville and the Cultivation of Science, 1815–1840

  • Authors
  • Elizabeth Chambers Patterson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Elizabeth Chambers Patterson
    Pages 1-10
  3. Elizabeth Chambers Patterson
    Pages 11-17
  4. Elizabeth Chambers Patterson
    Pages 19-33
  5. Elizabeth Chambers Patterson
    Pages 35-53
  6. Elizabeth Chambers Patterson
    Pages 55-94
  7. Elizabeth Chambers Patterson
    Pages 95-121
  8. Elizabeth Chambers Patterson
    Pages 123-150
  9. Elizabeth Chambers Patterson
    Pages 151-162
  10. Elizabeth Chambers Patterson
    Pages 163-177
  11. Elizabeth Chambers Patterson
    Pages 179-187
  12. Elizabeth Chambers Patterson
    Pages 189-195
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 197-264

About this book

Introduction

Among the myriad of changes that took place in Great Britain in the first half of the nineteenth century, many of particular significance to the historian of science and to the social historian are discernible in that small segment of British society drawn together by a shared interest in natural phenomena and with sufficient leisure or opportunity to investigate and ponder them. This group, which never numbered more than a mere handful in comparison to the whole population, may rightly be characterized as 'scientific'. They and their successors came to occupy an increasingly important place in the intellectual, educational, and developing economic life of the nation. Well before the arrival of mid-century, natural philosophers and inventors were generally hailed as a source of national pride and of national prestige. Scientific society is a feature of nineteenth-century British life, the best being found in London, in the universities, in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and in a few scattered provincial centres.

Keywords

1815–1840 London science Mary Somerville french science physical sciences scientific society scientific women

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-6839-4
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-6841-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-6839-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0066-6610
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