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Mary Somerville

  • No circumstance in the natural world is more inexplicable than the diversity of form and color in the human race.

    • Mary Somerville,
    • "Varieties of the Human Race," Physical Geography ()
  • ... I was always supposed to be at home when friends and acquaintances came out to see me; it would have been unkind not to receive them. Nevertheless, I was sometimes annoyed when in the midst of a difficult [mathematical] problem someone would enter and say 'I have come to spend a few hours with you.'

    • Mary Somerville,
    • 1815, in Margaret E. Tabor, Pioneer Women ()

Mary Somerville, Scottish polymath, science writer

(1788 - 1872)

Full name: Mary Fairfax Greig Somerville.