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Mechanism of the Heavens by Mary Somerville
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Mechanism of the Heavens
by Mary Somerville
Publisher: J. Murray 1831
Number of pages: 710
The Mechanism of the Heavens (1831) was the first english language "rendition" of Pierre Simon Laplace's five volume Mécanique céleste. In this work Somerville, who was later known for her predition of the then undiscovered planets Neptune and Pluto, introduced continental mathematics to english speaking readers for the first time. This led to a revolution in mathematics in the UK, beginning at Cambridge University where the Mechanism of the Heavens became a standard text in courses on higher mathematics.