Past Member

John Tresch

Friends of the Institute for Advanced Study Member

Affiliation

Historical Studies

Field of Study

History of Science and Technology

Home Institution

Warburg Institute, University of London
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John Tresch is studying Edgar Allan Poe’s writings on science and technology. In the 1830s and 40s, scientific reformers forged centralized, explicitly imperial institutions to put down quackery and build the United States’ technical infrastructure, while in the press and popular forums, unruly, heterodox visions of knowledge and nature flourished. Poe’s natural philosophy and fiction illuminate these worlds.

Dates at IAS

Member
School of Historical Studies
Fall

Degrees

Cambridge University
Ph.D.
2003