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A. Bowdoin Van Riper
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A. Bowdoin Van Riper is a historian who writes about modern science and technology, and images of science, technology, and history in popular culture. He’s the editor of Rowman & Littlefield’s “Science Fiction Television” book series, and Web Coordinator for the Center for the Study of Film and History. He has a PhD from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, and is the author or editor of 10 books (so far). His physical self resides on the coast of Massachusetts, and his virtual self at www.abvr.net


Features

Wednesday, September 25 2013

Hollywood, History, and the Art of the Big Anachronism

Turkey legs may take the place of hot dogs, but even in the Middle Ages—at least the version of it in films such as A Knight’s Tale—fans still do The Wave.


Reviews

Wednesday, April 2 2014

What Is Permissible in the Name of Science, Wartime Expediency, and National Security?

"Our Germans beat their Germans," someone quipped when Wernher von Braun's team of rocketeers put Americans on the Moon, but Operation Paperclip reveals that US involvement with ex-Nazi scientists was far deeper, and far darker.


Thursday, March 27 2014

The Industrial Revolution 2.0

We live in a world filled with powerful, compact, networked computers -- a world that those computers are about to transform.


Monday, March 3 2014

Modernity, Rising: 'Lifted: A Cultural History of the Elevator'

Lifted is an absorbing exploration into how the introduction of elevators into buildings transformed cities and the experience of living and working in them.


Thursday, October 24 2013

'A Short History of the Twentieth Century' Is Briskly Written, Fiercely Opinionated, and Cranky

Particularly in the later chapters, Lukacs' 75-year century leaves readers vulnerable to conceptual whiplash and the author vulnerable to rhetorical absurdity.


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