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Professor Spanagel is especially interested in the history of science, particularly in its patterns of past interactions with various belief systems, corporations, creativity, culture, economics, engineering principles, aesthetics and the fine arts, the human intellect, influences upon or from literature, things like medical or military applications, political power, technology, and/or virtually any other aspect of human social activity and social structure.
David Spanagel, associate professor of humanities & arts, was quoted in the Science News article, “Marie Tharp’s groundbreaking maps brought the seafloor to the world.” “That’s why her map is so powerful,” Spanagel told the publication. “It allows people to see the bottom of the ocean as if it were a piece of land, and then reason about it. That’s a transformative thing that she’s able to accomplish.”