Pop up - Jane Marcet
#Remarkable Women: Jane Marcet
During the nineteenth century many women campaigned for the right of women to take part in intellectual activities, including science. Some, such as Mary Somerville and Ada Lovelace, are widely recognised.
However, the wide-reaching influence of Jane Marcet has been largely ignored, even though her contribution to the dissemination of science and other topics to a wider audience (especially to women) was significant.
This home-based pop-up, which will be led by Jeff, will endeavour to describe her life and work in the scientific, social and political context of the period through which she lived.
Marcet was not a practising scientist, but her writings influenced a whole generation of people, both men and women, to develop interests in science and education, and one of her most famous readers and a life-long admirer was Michael Faraday.
She wrote many books and articles, scientific, religious and historical, including a pioneering work on political economy, today usually simply called economics. To give some idea of her popularity, her first book, Conversations in Chemistry, published in 1806, ran to sixteen editions.
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Page last updated 29.9.19