Google dedicates doodle to Scottish science writer Mary Somerville
NEW DELHI: is a Scottish science writer whose experimental physics article was read by the Royal Society of London, the National Academy of Sciences of the United Kingdom on this day in 1826.
It was the first article by an author that was published in the prestigious Philosophical Transactions, the oldest scientific publication in the world, which is still active today.
In 1831, he published an essay, The Mechanism of Heaven. The essay revolutionized the understanding of our Solar System.
It became the basis of his revolutionary book, The Connection of Physical Sciences (1834), one of the best-selling books of the nineteenth century.
In connection, Somerville revealed the underlying links between the different disciplines of physical science, in which a book reviewer first coined the scientific word to describe this multidisciplinary approach. The book also provided clues about astronomer John Couch paving the way for the discovery of the planet Neptune.
When John Stuart Mill, a philosopher and economist, organized a massive petition to Parliament to grant women the right to vote, he had Somerville put his signature first on the petition.
Appears on the front of the £ 10 polymer banknote of the Royal Bank of Scotland launched in 2017