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Nicholas Jacobson

Entered the program in 2009
Nicholas Jacobson


I am a graduate student in the history of science, medicine, and technology department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research interests focus on the history of astronomy and geography as it was received in both Arabic and Latin language traditions. I would like to identify the ways in which these scientific texts intersected with religious, legal, and political concerns within the context of the high medieval period. I also would like to examine the processes that allowed for knowledge to be codified and standardized, and how this knowledge came to circulate over vast areas of Eurasia and North Africa. My MA thesis focused on Franciscan and Dominican travel writings from the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries.

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