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Author's preface Prologue Perceiving what others do not perceive: the 'peculiar illumination' of the female mind 1. Head among the stars, feet firm upon the earth: the problem of categorizing Mary Somerville 2. Creating a room of her own in the world of science: how Mary Fairfax became the famous Mrs Somerville 3. Science as exact calculation and elevated meditation: Mechanism of the Heavens (1931), Preliminary Dissertation (1832), and On the Connexion of the Physical Sciences (1834) 4. The earth, the sea, the air, and their inhabitants: Physical Geography (1848) and On Molecular and Microscopic Science (1869) 5. Personal Recollections (1973): Mary Somerville on Mary Somerville 6. Memory and Mary Somerville: in the public eye and historical memory Epilogue: science, voice, and vision.