The Critical Archive

Arianrhod, Robyn. 2012. Seduced by Logic. Émilie Du Châtelet, Mary Somerville and the Newtonian Revolution. New York: Oxford University Press.

Baker, J. N. L. 1948. “Mary Somerville and Geography in England.” The Geographical Journal 111 (4-6): 207-22.

Brock, Claire. 2006. “The Public Worth of Mary Somerville.” The British Journal for the History of Science 39 (2): 255-72.

Browne, Phyllis. 1887. Mrs Somerville and Mary Carpenter. London: Cassell and Company.

Bruck, Mary T. “Mary Somerville, mathematician and astronomer of underused talents,” Journal of the British Astronomical Association, Vol. 106, no. 4, 201-206. [Reprinted at SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System]

Chapman, Allan. Mary Somerville and the World of Science, Bristol: Canopus Publishing, 2004.

Lamprecht, Elizabeth Ann. 2015. ‘The life of Mary Fairfax Somerville, mathematician and scientist: a study in contrasts’., Michigan Academician, 42(1):1-25, 10.7245/0026-2005-42.1.1

McMillan, Dorothy. 2001 [1873] [(ed.) Queen of Science: Personal Recollections of Mary Somerville. Edinburgh: Canongate.

Neeley, Kathryn A. 2001. Mary Somerville: Science, Illumination, and the Female Mind. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Osen, Lynn M. Women in Mathematics. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1974.

Patterson, Elizabeth C. 1969. “Mary Somerville.” The British Journal for the History of Science 4 (4): 311 39.

Patterson, Elizabeth C. 1974- “The Case of Mary Somerville: An Aspect of Nineteenth Century Science.” Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 118 (3): 269-75.

Sanderson, Marie. 1974. “Mary Somerville: Her Work in Physical Geography.” Geographical Review 64(3): 410-20.

Silliman, Benjamin and Mary Somerville. 1837. Electro-Magnetism: History of Davenport’s Invention of the Application of Electro-magnetism to Machinery; with Remarks on the Same from the American Journal of Science and Arts. New York: Carville.

Somerville, Mary. Personal Recollections, from Early Life to Old Age, of Mary Somerville, London, 1874. [Written by her daughter, Martha. Ebook available online from Project Gutenberg.]

Strickland, Elisbetta. “Mary Fairfax Somerville, Queen of Science,” Notices of the American Mathematical Society, Vol. 64, No. 8 (September 2017), 929-931.

Strickland, Elisabetta. The Ascent of Mary Somerville in 19th Century Society, Springer, 2016.

Patterson, Elizabeth Chambers. “Mary Fairfax Greig Somerville (1780-1872)”, in Women of Mathematics: A Biobibliographic Sourcebook, Louise Grinstein and Paul Campbell, Editors, Greenwood Press, 1987, 208-216.

Perl, Teri. Math Equals: Biographies of Women Mathematicians + Related Activities. Menlo Park: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1978.

Richeson, A.W. “Mary Somerville,” Scripta Mathematica, Vol. 8 (1941), 5-13.

Termaat Barbara. “Mary Fairfax Grieg Somerville,” in Notable Women in Mathematics: A Biographical Dictionary, Charlene Morrow and Teri Perl, Editors, Greenwood Press (1998), 233-238.

Wilkinson, Joan. 2010. “Mary Somerville 1780-1872: A Great Scientist of Her Time.” Sharp Rock Graphics,