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Margaret Jacob


October 31, 2007
16 minutes
Margaret Jacob


Margaret Jacob, a professor of History at UCLA, is an authority on the scientific roots of the Enlightenment, the origins of Western cosmopolitanism, and the freemasons, freethinkers and other radicals and revolutionaries of the 18th century. Her books include Strangers Nowhere in the World: The Rise of Cosmopolitanism in Early Modern Europe; The Enlightenment: A Brief History with Documents; and (with Larry Stewart) Practical Matter: Newton's Science in the Service of Industry and Empire, 1687-1851.