Michelle Boswell Awarded QCB Travel Grant

October 2, 2012

Doctoral candidate Michelle Boswell was awarded a QCB Travel Grant for research at Oxford University's Bodleian Library in early October. Michelle examined the manuscript notebooks and papers of Mary Somerville, the most prominent woman scholar and interpreter of science in Victorian Britain. Michelle's dissertation chapter on Somerville studies her shift away from mathematics in her most popular work, On the Connexion of the Physical Sciences (1834). Michelle will also be investigating the influence of Romantic poets on Somerville's depictions of astronomical distance and planetary motion.