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Jay David Bolter is Professor in the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is jointly appointed in the College of Computing, and is the author of Storyspace, a program for creating hypertexts for individual use and World Wide Web publication. His work with computers led to the publication of Turing’s Man: Western Culture in the Computer Age (Chapel Hill, 1984), a book that was widely reviewed and translated into several foreign languages. Bolter’s second book, Writing Space: The Computer, Hypertext, and the History of Writing (L. Erlbaum, 1991), examined the computer as a new medium for symbolic communication. He is now working on the use and the cultural significance of the World Wide Web and other textual and visual electronic environments. He is also collaborating with Richard Grusin on a book-length project of which the essay in this issue will be a part.

Richard Grusin is Chair and Associate Professor in the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is the author of Transcendentalist Hermeneutics: Institutional Authority and the Higher Criticism of the Bible (Duke University Press, 1991) and several articles on the American Transcendentalists. His previous essays in Configurations include “What Is an Electronic Author?” (Fall 1994) and “Representing Yellowstone: Photography, Loss, and Fidelity to Nature” (Fall 1995). He is currently completing a book entitled The Reproduction of Nature: Cultural Origins of the National Parks. His most recent work concerns the historical and cultural antecedents of postmodern theories and technologies of representation. Presently he is collaborating with Jay David Bolter on a book-length project of which the essay in this issue will be a part.

Adrian Mackenzie is an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of General Philosophy at the University of Sydney. He is currently working on philosophical understandings of the connections between time, embodiment, and technology. His research on Turing was carried out during 1994–95 at the Institut für Aesthetik, Humboldt Universität, Berlin and was supported by a DAAD stipend.

Diederick Raven is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Utrecht where he studied (history of) mathematics, philosophy, and history of science. His chief interests are in theoretical anthropology and the comparative study of knowledge. He is writing a book on the anthropology of knowledge that attempts to outline what are the specific cultural aspects of Western science. He is co-editor of Post-modernism and Anthropology: Theory and Practice (Assen: Van Gorcum, 1995) and first editor of a scholarly edition of Edgar Zilzel’s essays on the origins of modern science, The Social Origins of Science, forthcoming from Kluwer in its Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science series.

Bonnie Shulman is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where she is team leader of a group of faculty in women’s studies and science that has received one of ten grants from the Association of American Colleges and Universities. This has resulted in a three-year initiative for curriculum and faculty development designed to bridge the gulf between science and gender studies by incorporating new scholarship in these areas into undergraduate science and mathematics courses and by making science a more central part of women’s studies courses.


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