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November 8, 2023 34 mins

Mary Somerville was dubbed the Queen of Science, a title earned through a lifetime of learning all she could about various math and science subjects and then parsing those concepts out in her writing for more general audiences.


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  • Somerville, Mary. “On Molecular and Microscopic Science.” John Murray. London. 1869. Accessed online:
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