Deborah Wood

Graduate Student Researcher

University of California, Berkeley

CSTMS Research Unit: Office for the History of Science and Technology

Advisor(s)Massimo Mazzotti
Degrees M.A. History :: University of California, Berkeley (2017)
B.S. Mathematics and History :: The College of William & Mary (2014)
Research Areas

History of mathematics (16-18th centuries), mathematics as a universal language, mathematics as a political mechanism, Jesuit missionaries in China and Korea

I study the early modern history of mathematics in Europe and East Asia.  I am interested in how mathematics has been perceived and used as a universal language and as a political mechanism.  In particular, I am looking at the Jesuit missionaries' use of math to advocate the superiority of European culture and at the Chinese and Korean courts' uses of Jesuit science to negotiate suzerainty over the Korean peninsula.

last updated: November 5th, 2017