You have published a great deal on a wide range of topics. What, in general terms,are the questions that interest you?
What really interests me is how peo- ple do things. I see that as the ques-tion that uniﬁes my apparently completely disparate inves-tigations of topics in Antiquity, in the Renaissance, in the Baroque, and in the modern age. More speciﬁcally, I’ve al-ways been interested in how scholars did things in the past:how scholars studied documents, how they edited them,how they turned them into historical narratives and otherkinds of publication; and I have a strong interest in similarquestions about ancient and early modern scientists. I’m al-ways less interested in intellectuals’ grand theses—Is Prov-idence ruling world history?—than I am in asking, Whatkind of methods did they use? How do we make sense of those methods historically? What sense did they make atthe time? What work did those methods do that otherswouldn’t have? It’s in pursuit of that kind of informationthat I’ve studied how people read books, how peoplewrote footnotes, how people built libraries. To answerthese questions I’ve found myself doing lots of interdisci- plinary work. Looking at archives, recreating institutions,reassembling networks of individuals who collaboratedwith one another. Doing the same kinds of things youwould do to answer pretty much any historical question.To view the entire transcript of this interview, go online to:http://his.princeton.edu/people/e52/anthony_grafton_inte.html