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Mary Somerville's Early Contributions to the Circulation of Differential Calculus

Stenhouse, Brigitte (2019). Mary Somerville's Early Contributions to the Circulation of Differential Calculus. Historia Mathematica (Early Access).

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Abstract

In 1831, with the publication of her translation of Laplace’s <i>Mecanique Celeste</i>, Mary Somerville (1780--1872) solidified her reputation throughout Western Europe as a highly proficient mathematician, and an expert in `French analysis’. To shed light on her preliminary studies, we here examine Somerville’s earliest known mathematical work, namely her published and unpublished solutions to questions posed in the <i>New Series of the Mathematical Repository<i>, alongside her contemporary correspondence with mathematicians John and William Wallace. These submissions demonstrate her active engagement in the circulation of the differential calculus twenty years earlier than previously appreciated.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 Elsevier Inc
ISSN: 0315-0860
Keywords: Mary Somerville; Differential Calculus; nineteenth century
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Mathematics and Statistics
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 68466
Depositing User: Brigitte Stenhouse
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2019 11:16
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2020 05:39
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/68466
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