Tara Nummedal's work examines knowledge of nature particularly alchemy and its place in the society and culture of early modern Europe. Her first book, Alchemy and Authority in the Holy Roman Empire (University of Chicago Press, 2007), takes fraud as a point of entry into entrepreneurial alchemical practices in central Europe. Her current project, The Lion's Blood, examines the intersection of gender and apocalypticism in the life of the 16th-century German alchemist Anna Maria Zieglerin.
Tara Nummedal grew up in Seal Beach, California. She received a B.A. in History from Pomona College in 1992, an M.A. in History from University of California-Davis in 1996, and a PhD in History from Stanford University in 2001. After spending 2001-02 as the Edelstein International Fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, she joined the Department of History at Brown in 2002. She teaches courses in early modern Europe and the history of science, and currently serves as Director of the Program in Science Technology Studies.
On The Web:
Nature's Disciplines (Cogut Humanities Research Group)
Distillations (podcast review of Alchemy and Authority in the Holy Roman Empire)
Alchemy and Authority in the Holy Roman Empire
Program in Science and Technology Studies
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