By James Devitt
November 8, 2010
Myles Jackson, the Dibner Family Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at Polytechnic Institute of NYU, will study the application of mathematical models to skilled labor practices under an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship.
Jackson, also a professor of the history of science at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, will conduct his research at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Mathematics in Kaiserslautern, Germany next summer.
Research resulting in his most recent work, Harmonious Triads: Physicists, Musicians, and Instrument Markers in Nineteenth-Century Germany (MIT Press, 2006), was also done under a Humboldt Fellowship. Humboldt Fellowships are given by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, located in Bonn.
Jackson’s first book, Spectrum of Belief: Joseph von Fraunhofer and the Craft of Precision Optics (MIT Press, 2000) received the Paul Bunge Prize from the German Chemical Society for the Best Work on Instrument Makers and the Hans Sauer Prize for the Best Work on the History of Invention.