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Ole Molvig

Ole Molvig is an assistant professor in the departments of History and Communication of Science and Technology (CSET). He works at the intersection of the humanities and emergent technology, exploring the interaction of science, technology, and society in the past, present, and future.  How did Albert Einstein, and his theories, become seen as revolutionary?  How has, and how will, digital innovations like artificial intelligence or virtual reality impact society?  How does magic become technology?  These are the types of questions he explores, researches, and teaches.  

His regular course offerings include a survey of the modern sciences, as well as more focused graduate and undergraduate seminars in the history of science, the history of technology, innovation, the scientific revolution, the digital humanities and virtual reality design. 

He has also founded the emerging tech lab at the Wond’ry, devoted to enhancing student exposure to and projects in areas such as extended reality, autonomous mobility, or video game and simulation design. Molvig also curates the Garland historical instruments collection.

He joined Vanderbilt following 4 years on the faculty at Yale. He completed his B.S. degrees at the University of Wisconsin in Physics, Astronomy, and History of Science, and did his graduate work at Princeton University where he examined the creation of and responses to Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity for his Ph.D. in History. 

Professor Molvig lives on the Vanderbilt campus in E. Bronson Ingram College with his wife, three children and dog Pixel.