Scientific Writing in the Physical and Astronomical Sciences

Scientific Writing in the Physical and Astronomical Sciences

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Portraits of Mary Somerville and Jane Marcet

Portraits of Mary Somerville and Jane Marcet

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Students will be exposed to scientific writing from the early 1800s by two women writers (Mary Somerville and Jane Marcet) who were openly lauded in the scientific community for making science accessible to everyone, especially to women and the lower classes. Students will read excerpts from both Somerville and Marcet’s writing. The excerpts should be chosen by the teacher to be on a subject the students have recently learned. The students will also write their own explanations of the subject matter.