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
Wednesday, September 25 2013
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.
Sunday, January 18 2015
Confronting Contagion tries to capture the 3,000-year history behind a modern scientific breakthrough: the discovery that tiny organisms invade our bodies and make us sick.
Sunday, October 19 2014
The history of the Scientific Revolution, retold: Clear, detailed, and as overwhelming as drinking from a fire hose.
Thursday, August 28 2014
Video Revolutions is a brief, brilliant inquiry into the history of a complex, contested medium.
Wednesday, April 2 2014
"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
We live in a world filled with powerful, compact, networked computers -- a world that those computers are about to transform.