Margaret E. Schotte
Program: History of Science
Fields of Study: Early Modern History, History of Technology, Maritime History
Advisor: Anthony T. Grafton
Margaret Schotte is a doctoral student in the History of Science programme at Princeton University. Her dissertation, “A Calculated Course: Creating Transoceanic Navigators, 1580-1800,” is a transnational history of navigational practice. It explores the ways in which navigational knowledge was developed, transmitted and authenticated in France, England and the Netherlands in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Margaret has been broadly trained in Early Modern Science and Technology (the "Scientific Revolution"), History of Technology, and Early Modern Empires and Oceans. She received her AB from Harvard and her MA from the University of Toronto.
Having worked as a rare book cataloguer, Margaret is interested in the intersection of book history with the history of technology and pedagogy. She has written about Baron Lahontan, Simon Stevin, and Samuel Pepys. Her published articles include “'Books for the Use of the Learned and Studious': William London's Catalogue of Most Vendible Books” Book History 11 (2008), 33-57; “Expert Records: Nautical Logbooks from Columbus to Cook,” Information & Culture: A Journal of History 48.3 (2013), 281-322; and “Regimented Lessons: The Evolution of the Nautical Logbook in France,” Annuaire de Droit Maritime et Océanique (June 2013), 91-115.
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