David Wootton is an internationally renowned scholar who has delivered the Raleigh Lecture at the British Academy, the Carlyle Lectures at the University of Oxford, and the Benedict Lectures at Boston University. Wootton works on the intellectual and cultural history of the English speaking countries, Italy, and France, 1500-1800. He is a specialist of the Scientific Revolution, with several books (including a study of Galileo published by Yale UP) and many articles, along with a forthcoming book The Invention of Science: The Scientific Revolution from 1500 to 1750 with Allen Lane and Harper Collins on the subject. He neatly incorporates religion and religious dissent into his interpretation of changes in natural philosophy and broader attitudes, including path-breaking interpretations of Reginald Scot and John Donne as secret spiritualists. He will assist especially in identifying important sources to be included from the English context and in suggesting possible connections there among religious dissenters, freethinkers and natural philosophers.
- Francesco Quatrini: Affiliated postdoctoral researcher
- Hans de Waardt: Collaborator