A4 Digital Print | Summer on Neptune
A4 digital print packaged in biodegradable plastic with a hard back to keep it safe.
Anyone with an interested in science in the 1800s would have known of Mary Somerville. The self-taught polymath and science writer from Jedburgh, Scotland, had produced works which were standard suggested textbooks in school and universities across the country. In the third edition of “On the Connection of the Physical Sciences” she observed discrepancies in Uranus’ position in the sky. It simply wasn’t where it was supposed to be. She hypothesised in 1836 that “possibly [Uranus] may be subject to disturbances from some unseen planet revolving about the sun, beyond the present boundaries of our system” Ten years later Neptune was discovered using calculations which led to its discovery which were based on Somerville’s hypothesis. Unfortunately, history credits the planets discovery to four men, with no mention of Mary's contribution to their research. Enter Summer on Neptune, which honours her contribution to the discovery, we like to think she spent warm evenings in July watching the night sky and dreaming of summer on her “Unseen planet revolving about the sun”.