Director, Reilly Center; Director, HPS; Associate Professor, Program of Liberal Studies
Affiliation: Health, Humanities, and Society, History and Philosophy of Science
Areas of Specialization
Renaissance Science; History of Magic
Robert Goulding is a historian of Renaissance science and mathematics. His current book project, Images of Broken Light, concerns the discovery of the law of refraction of light, especially in the forty years from Thomas Harriot's refractive experiments in 1597, to Descartes' publication of the law in 1637. He also has research interests in the history of magic (particularly illusion); science and mathematics at the Renaissance universities; Neoplatonism; and Peter Ramus and Ramism. Goulding's research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Newberry Library, and the Institute for Advanced Study.