The New Zealand Journal for the History and
Philosophy of Science and Technology

Canterbury University College in Rutherford's day.

About the Contributors

Robin Bond

Robin Bond has led a large number of classical drama productions in both New Zealand and Western Australia. Among his leading plays are his own translation of Aristophanes' 'Frogs' (Christchurch 2005), a production of his translation of Sophocles' 'Philoctetes' (Christchurch 2006), his co-production of Euripides' 'Cyclops' (Christchurch 2008), and his production of his translation of Euripides' 'Iphigeneia in Aulis', in which he also acted (2008). He produced and directed his translation of Aristophanes' 'Wasps' for the Christchurch Platform Festival in 2010, and in 2011 translated and directed Euripides' 'Hippolytus' and Seneca's 'Phaedra'. The inspiration for the present article was a production of his translation of the 'Prometheus Bound' at the Old Queens Theatre in Christchurch in 2009.

Brian Carpenter

Brian E. Carpenter is now an Honorary Professor of Computer Science at the University of Auckland. His research interests are in Internet protocols, especially the infrastructure layers, as well as computing history. He was an IBM Distinguished Engineer working on Internet standards (1997-2007). Earlier he led the networking group at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (1985-1996). He chaired the Internet Engineering Task Force (2005-2007), the Board of the Internet Society (2000-2002), and the Internet Architecture Board (1995-2000). He holds a first degree in physics and a PhD in computer science.

Bob Doran

Robert W. Doran is now a Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the University of Auckland, where he was head of department for many years. He has had a lifelong interest in the history of computing and currently maintains displays and a website on the subject for the Auckland Computer Science Department. His additional interests include parallel algorithms, programming, and computer architecture, and he was a Principal Computer Architect at Amdahl Corporation in the late 1970s. A graduate of the University of Canterbury and Stanford University, he has also had appointments at The City University of London and Massey University.

Jack Copeland

Jack Copeland is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Canterbury, where he is Director of the Turing Archive for the History of Computing. He is also a permanent Visiting Fellow at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and Honorary Professor of Philosophy at the University of Queensland, Australia. His books include Artificial Intelligence (Oxford: Blackwell 1993; second edition forthcoming), The Essential Turing (Oxford University Press 2004), Alan Turing's Automatic Computing Engine (Oxford University Press 2005), Colossus: The Secrets of Bletchley Park's Codebreaking Computers (Oxford University Press 2006; new edition 2010), Turing. Pioneer of the Information Age (Oxford University Press, 2012), and The Turing Guide (Oxford University Press, 2017). Jack received his D.Phil. in mathematical logic from the University of Oxford.

Chris Rouly

Ovi Chris Rouly is a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Humanities, Social, and Political Science at ETH Zurich, where he teaches modeling and simulation using agent-based models. He holds a PhD in computational social science from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. His research involves the generation and study of small-group social behavior using the technologies of Artificial Life (ALife) and he has created computational systems (both software simulations and hardware robotics) that demonstrate apparent machine intelligence, autonomous behavioral selection, and adaptive learning characteristics. These systems are to some degree biologically explicit, are adaptive, and inhabit various 2D and/or 3D real or virtual environments. His current research is grounded in detailed, long-lived, computer-cluster based simulations of mobile, foraging, breeding, birthing, and dying, individual-based agent cohorts that are designed to resemble hominid life from circa 4-2 million years ago. His goal is to demonstrate and then study emergent small-group social behavior.

Eric Scerri

Eric Scerri is originally from Malta. His bachelors and masters degrees were in chemistry from the universities of London and Southampton; and after further postgraduate work in theoretical chemistry at the University of Cambridge he obtained a PhD in the history and philosophy of science from King's College, London. He went to the U.S. as a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech twenty years ago, and has lived in the U.S. ever since. For the past 17 years he has been teaching chemistry and philosophy of science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Scerri is one of the founders of the new field of the philosophy of chemistry, as well as the founder and editor of the journal Foundations of Chemistry, now in its eighteenth year of publication. He is the author of The Periodic Table, Its Story and Its Significance, which several reviewers have called 'the definitive book on the periodic table', as well as A Very Short Introduction to the Periodic Table, A Tale of Seven Elements, and most recently A Tale of Seven Scientists and A New Philosophy of Science, all for Oxford University Press. He has also authored five further books and over 150 journal articles in chemistry, chemical education and history and philosophy of science.

J. J. C. Smart

See 'Obituary of J. J. C. Smart' in this issue.

Eric Steinhart

Eric Steinhart grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania; he received his BS in Computer Science from Pennsylvania State University, after which he worked as a software designer. Many of his algorithms have been patented. He earned an MA in Philosophy from Boston College and was awarded a PhD in Philosophy from SUNY at Stony Brook. He has taught at Dartmouth College and William Paterson University. His books concern Nietzsche, the logic of metaphor, mathematics, and life after death. He is interested in using new computational concepts to solve old philosophical problems, and is also interested in new and emerging religions. He loves New England and the American West, and enjoys all types of hiking and biking, chess, and photography. He has published several dozen academic articles.

Andrew Trotman

Andrew Trotman is currently an associate professor at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. His research field is information retrieval and he specializes in efficient search and ranking algorithms for search engines. He has published over 100 papers in this field, chaired 6 SIGIR workshops, chaired SIGIR in 2014, was a member of the ACM SIGIR Executive Committee from 2010-2013, and is a regular member of the Senior Program Committee for conferences such as SIGIR and CIKM. He also spent considerable time in industry where he was a founding director of BioMedNet, worked for Elsevier, worked on PubMed, and most recently worked for eBay. His interest in heritage computers stems from his early computing days—in the 1980s he taught himself to program in BASIC and assembly on Poly and Apple ][ computers.

Philip Yock

Philip Yock is a New Zealand-born physicist who studied at the University of Auckland and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and subsequently worked in the US, Italy, Switzerland, New Zealand, the UK and Japan on particle physics, cosmic rays and astronomy. He co-founded the collaborations between Japan and New Zealand known as JANZOS and MOA on cosmic rays and astronomy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand and a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.


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