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Perspectives on Science 9.4 (2001) 514-515

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Joseph C. Pittis Professor of Philosophy and Head of the Department of Philosophy at Virginia Tech. He recently published Thinking About Technology (Seven Bridges Press, 2000) and is co-editor of the forthcoming Production and Diffusion of Publish Choice (Blackwells, 2003). He is currently working on a new project concerning the role of innovative instrumentation in scientific change.

Richard Burian is philosopher of science with long-standing interest in conceptual change and epistemological problems in science, especially biology. Recently, he has published mainly on the history and philosophy of evolutionary biology, genetics, and developmental biology, the conceptual issues raised in attempts to integrate the perspectives and theoretical commitments of these disciplines, and some associated issues about the effects of the institutional of disciplines. He is Professor of Philosophy and Science Studies at Virginia Tech and has served as President of the International Society for History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology.

Daniel Garber recently became Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University. He previously taught at the University of Chicago, where he had been since 1975. Garber specializes in the history of philosophy and science in the early-modern period, and is also interested in issues in epistemology and the philosophy of science. He is the author of Descartes' Metaphysical Physics (1992), Descartes Embodied (2001), and is the co-editor (with Michael Ayers) of The Cambridge History of Seventeenth-Century Philosophy (1998). Together with Steven Nadler, he edits the Oxford Studies in Early-Modern Philosophy.

Peter Achensteinis professor of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University. His most recent book, The Book of Evidence, is the first volume in the new Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Science (Oxford Univ. Press, 2001).

Peter Barker took degrees in Philosophy and Physics, and the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Oxford, England. He received a doctorate in philosophy from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has taught at the University of Memphis, Virginia Tech, where he was the first Director of the graduate program in Science and Technology Studies, and the University of Oklahoma, where he is currently Professor of the History of Science. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Konstanz, Germany, and the Danish Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Copenhagen. He is currently writing a book, The Cognitive Structure of Scientific Revolutions, with Hanne Andersen (Copenhagen University) and Xiang Chen (California Lutheran University).

Jed Z. Buchwald is Doris and Henry Dreyfuss Professor of History at the California Institute of Technology. He works primarily on eighteenth and nineteenth century optics and electrodynamics, and he is co-editor with Henk Bos of Archive for History of Exact Sciences.

George E. Smith is Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University and Acting Director of the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology. He specializes in the historical development of evidence in the advanced sciences, concentrating especially on celestial mechanics and Newton's Principia and on the experimental foundations of microphysics. He is co-editor, with I. Bernard Cohen, of the Cambridge Companion to Newton.

Andy Pickeringis professor and head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently working on a book on the history of English cybernetics.




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