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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

Monday, March 9 2015

History Works Against Andrew Keen's Latest Diatribe Against the Internet

The internet economy has changed the world, and Andrew Keen (still) isn't happy about it.


Monday, February 16 2015

Who Made the Machines That Remade the World?

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

On Chasing an Enemy That's Too Small to See

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

'Voyaging in Strange Seas' Tells of the Deep, Wide Roots of Modern Science

The history of the Scientific Revolution, retold: Clear, detailed, and as overwhelming as drinking from a fire hose.


Thursday, August 28 2014

The World(s) That Video Made

Video Revolutions is a brief, brilliant inquiry into the history of a complex, contested medium.


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