Field: Early Modern; Advisor: Matthew Jones; Year: 2019
Julia C. Tomasson studies the history of science, focused on early modern Europe and the disciplines we know today as logic, mathematics, and psychology. Tomasson is occupied with questions like, how do we know what we know? and why do we believe what we do, often so passionately and erroneously? Her work explores the changing epistemic categories and cognitive practices of scholars in early modernity, particularly the ways in which the intimate relationship between knower and object were transformed by the many technical, social, and larger epistemological changes in the premodern period. More broadly, she wants to understand how scientific ideals shape the working practices of scientists and how scientific and technological advancements have changed (and continue to change) how we think of ourselves. Tomasson’s work is supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
A.B. University of Chicago