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Eminent Scottish mathematician and scientist Mary Somerville was best known as the author of four popular expository texts on science: Mechanism of the Heavens (1831), On the Connexion of the Physical Sciences (1834), Physical Geography (1848), and On Molecular and Microscopic Science (1869). She also published the results of three of her experiments, an article on Halley's comet, and an autobiography.
26 December 1780 Mary Fairfax, later MS, was born at the manse in Jedburgh, Scotland. Bibliographic Citation link.
2 February 1826 The results of MS's first experimental investigation of the connection between light and magnetism were presented to the Royal Society by William Somerville; they later appeared in the Society's Philosophical Transactions. Bibliographic Citation link.
2 September 1848 John Murray of London published MS's most successful book, an explanatory textbook in two volumes entitled Physical Geography. Bibliographic Citation link.
29 November 1872 MS died in Naples at the age of ninety-one. Bibliographic Citation link.
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