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.
Monday, March 9 2015
The internet economy has changed the world, and Andrew Keen (still) isn't happy about it.
Monday, February 16 2015
Walter Isaacson's The Innovators explores the history of the digital age as told through the intertwined lives of the men and women who created it.
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.