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Perspectives on Science 8.1 (2000) 91-92

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Xiang Chenis associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at California Lutheran University. He is the author of a series of articles on 19th-century optics, including "Instrumental Unification: Optical Apparatus in the Unification of Dispersion and Selective Absorption" (Stud. Hist. Phil. Mod. Phys., 1999). He has just completed a book on the role of instruments in scientific revolution, Instrumental Traditions and Theories of Light: The Uses of Instruments in the Optical Revolution (Kluwer, in press).

Anthony Grafton teaches history and history of science at Princeton University. His books include Commerce with the Classics (1997), The Footnote (1997), Cardano's Cosmos (1999) and Natural Particulars (2000), which he edited in collaboration with Nancy Siraisi.

Mark W. Risjord is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Emory University. Dr. Risjord received his B.A. in Philosophy and Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin in 1983. He completed a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of North Carolina in 1990. His recent book, Woodcutters and Witchcraft: Rationality and Interpretive Change in the Social Sciences (SUNY 2000) explores the epistemic grounds for the interpretation of culture and history. It proposes an explanatory coherence account of social scientific knowledge. Dr. Risjord's published essays include "Wittgenstein's Woodcutters: The Problem of Apparent Irrationality" (American Philosophical Quarterly, 1993), "Norms and Explanation in the Social Sciences" (Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 1998), "Relativism and the Possibility of Criticism" (Cogito, 1998), and "Functional and Intentional Action Explanations" (Philosophy of Science, Proceedings, 1999).

Kim J. Vicente received his Ph.D. (1991) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is professor of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto, and director of the Cognitive Engineering Laboratory there. Currently, he serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Cognitive Ergonomics, Human Factors, and Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, and on the Committee for Human Factors of the U. S. National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences. He is also a Senior Fellow of Massey College. Kim is the recipient of several research awards, including the Premier's Research Excellence Award, valued at $100,000. He has authored or co-authored over 50 journal articles, and over 70 refereed conference papers. He is the author of Cognitive Work Analysis: Toward Safe, Productive, and Healthy Computer-based Work, published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.



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