John Christie works in the Division of History and Philosophy and the Centre for Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. His main historical interest is in Enlightenment Science; his main contemporary interest is in the relations of science and the postmodern. He is co-editor of The Figural and the Literal (Manchester, 1987), Transfigurations: Science and Literature, 1700–1900 (Manchester, 1989), and the Leeds Companion to the History of Modern Science (Routledge, 1990). He is currently writing on Adam Smith’s theories of technology, science, and aesthetics, and on the apocalyptic dimensions of Joseph Priestley’s science.
N. Katherine Hayles is The Carpenter Professor of English at the University of Iowa. Her books include Chaos Bound: Orderly Disorder in Contemporary Literature and Science and The Cosmic Web: Scientific Field Models and Literary Strategies in the Twentieth Century. She is currently at work on a study of cybernetics, virtual reality, and literature entitled Virtual Bodies: Informatics and Contemporary Literature.
Bruno Latour was trained as a philosopher and an anthropologist. After field studies in Africa and California he specialized in the analysis of scientists and engineers at work, using many methods drawn from semiotics and literary theory. He has recently published in French a new field study on an automatic subway system, Aramis, or the Love of Technology (to be published by Harvard) and an essay on symmetric anthropology, We Have Never Been Moderns (to be published this year by Harvester and Harvard). He is Professor at the Centre de sociologie de l’innovation at the Ecole nationale superieure des mines in Paris and teaches in the Science Studies program in San Diego.
Svante Lindqvist is Professor of the History of Technology at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. He holds a Ph.D. in history of science and ideas from Uppsala University (1984) and a M.SC. Eng. in applied physics from the Royal Institute of Technology (1977). In 1986–87 he was a visiting scholar at the Office for the History of Science and Technology at the University of California, Berkeley, and in the fall of 1992 he was visiting professor in the Department for History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He has published The Teaching of History of Technology in USA—A Critical Survey in 1978 (1981) and Technology on Trial: The Introduction of Steam Power Technology into Sweden, 1715–1736 (1984) (the latter received three national prizes). He was co-author of Svensk teknikhistoria (1989), a general survey of Swedish history of technology.
Joseph Rouse is Professor of Philosophy and Science in Society at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He is the author of Knowledge and Power: Toward a Political Philosophy of Science (Cornell, 1987), and is currently writing a book on The Cultural Dynamics of Scientific Knowledge: Beyond Realism, Rationality, and Social Constructivism. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Northwestern University in 1977.
Barbara Stafford is Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago. She has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Smithsonian Institution (1984–85), the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (1989–90), the Alexander von Humbolt Foundation (Senior Fellow, 1989–91), and the University of California Humanities Research Institute (Spring 1991). She is the author of Symbol and Myth: Humbert de Superville’s Essay on Absolute Signs in Art, (Associated University Presses, 1979), Voyage into Substance: Art, Science, Nature and the Illustrated Travel Account, 1760–1840 (MIT, 1984), and Body Criticism: Imaging the Unseen in Enlightenment Art and Medicine (MIT, 1991). She is currently working on The Art of Demonstration: Eighteenth-Century Popular Science Books and the Rise of Visual Education. Professor Stafford’s research continues to explore the interconnections between art and science in modern culture and the visualization of information.
Heinrich von Staden is Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at Yale University. He is the author of Herophilus. The Art of Medicine in Early Alexandria (Cambridge, 1989), and co-editor, with A. Bartlett Giamatti, of Western Literature, I: The Ancient World (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich). He has published numerous articles on Greek philosophy, science, and literature (including contributions on theories of perception, experimentation and empiricism...